Dry needling is an advanced needling technique used to reduce muscular pain, restore function, and improve a limited range of motion. It is a little-known method that can have a major impact on the health, wellness, and lives of our patients at West Loop Spine & Stability in Chicago.
Dry Needling Treatment
Dry needling is an all-natural, effective pain treatment method used for several conditions, including:
- Neck strain or sprain (including whiplash)
- Lower back, pelvic, and hip pain
- Migraines and tension headaches
- Sports injuries
- Musculoskeletal disorders, including carpal tunnel syndrome
- Arthritis or joint pain
- Shin splints
- Heel, knee, arm, and shoulder pain
- Tennis elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
How is Dry Needling Performed?
Dry needling is a safe treatment that causes minimal discomfort. When a patient undergoes dry needling, small solid filiform needles are inserted through the skin into a trigger point. Trigger points are tight bands that form in the muscle fibers due to trauma or overuse. They can cause tenderness, pain, muscular or connective tissue stiffness, and spasms. Once the needle has been inserted into a trigger point, the doctor will perform specific manipulations of the needles that will cause your muscles to contract and release tension as well as increase blood flow throughout the area.
Before you begin your treatment, our chiropractor will complete a full diagnostic assessment and walk you through the dry needling process. These sessions take about 20 to 30 minutes and are often used in conjunction with other forms of therapies, including chiropractic adjustments and stretches. You will notice an improvement in your symptoms within 24 to 48 hours after the treatment.
Dry Needling is Different from Acupuncture
Although dry needling and acupuncture use similar tools and techniques, the two treatments are not the same. The goal of acupuncture is to balance energy, while dry needling is focused on dealing with your pain. At West Loop Spine & Stability, we treat patients that are struggling with pain and soreness. This includes athletes, post-surgical patients, and the victims of motor vehicle accidents.
Dry Needling Treatment in Chicago, IL
If you are experiencing muscular pain or limited movement, make an appointment with our team at West Loop Spine & Stability in Chicago. Our clinic offers easy access for patients throughout the city, including the West Loop, River North, South Loop, Streeterville, Gold Coast, Ukrainian Village, and greater Chicagoland area. Call us today at (312) 928-9282 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.