At West Loop Spine & Stability in Chicago, IL, we offer several chiropractic and physical therapy techniques for our patients, including dry needling. Our team in Wicker Park has performed dry needling for many years. We receive many questions about the technique, and here are the answers to some of the most common questions asked by our patients.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a procedure that involves inserting tiny filiform needles into the skin near trigger points in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The needles stimulate the underlying muscles, releasing tension and tightness while improving your range of motion. Additionally, it can restore normal movement patterns by decreasing muscular imbalances around joints. Dry needling may be done alone or with other treatments like massage therapy, stretching exercises, or other chiropractic or physical therapy treatments, depending on your condition.
Is Dry Needling the Same as Acupuncture?
Dry needling and acupuncture are two distinct treatments and have different origins, but can both provide effective relief from pain and other physical conditions. The treatment works to trigger a response in the body's nervous system which prompts the release of natural analgesics like endorphins. Acupuncture, on the other hand, has been practiced since ancient times and relies on traditional Chinese practices that were based off of the idea of redirecting energy flow throughout the body to restore balance and promote healing.
Does Dry Needling Hurt?
Many people who visit us at our office wonder if dry needling hurts. Inserting the needle causes very little discomfort. Afterward, it will feel like you worked out the muscle group that was targeted. Many patients don't even notice when the needle is inserted into the skin.
How Many Treatments Do I need to Start Feeling Better?
Most patients see noticeable results after three to four visits. However, some patients may see results within a few days or even hours. The number of treatment sessions depends on the individual and the condition.
Contact West Loop Spine & Stability in Chicago for Dry Needling and Other Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Treatments
Are you looking for a trusted provider of dry needling in Chicago? West Loop Spine & Stability is the go-to place for all your questions and needs. West Loop Spine & Stability is dedicated to helping patients achieve optimal health through the use of dry needling. Call us today at (312) 928-9282 for more information from a physical therapist or chiropractor on our team or to schedule an appointment. We are here to help.