What is Dry Needling Therapy?
Dry needling is a form of pain management that utilizes trigger points within the body in order to provide relief to the affected areas. It is very similar to acupuncture, though has some notable differences that are based on the principles of Western medicine. Q Factor Chiropractic is proud to offer this minimally invasive solution to pain for our patients in Mesquite, TX. Dr. Richard Channing and his talented staff are highly trained in the techniques of dry needling, allowing our patients to feel their absolute best.
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Am I a Candidate for Dry Needling Therapy?
Most men and women who are experiencing consistent pain and inflammation are considered to be ideal candidates for dry needling therapy. However, during your consultation, we'll perform an in-depth analysis of your body in order to determine whether or not dry needling therapy is right for you. Many of our patients use this treatment to combat a number of conditions, such as:
- Jaw and mouth problems, such as temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD)
- Joint problems
- Phantom pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Scar-tissue buildup
How Does Dry Needling Therapy Work?
While hollow — or wet — needles are used to deliver medications directly into the bloodstream, dry needles are completely solid. By carefully placing them into the various trigger points of muscle networks, they are able to simultaneously reduce pain and enhance mobility in the affected area. These trigger points may or may not be located near where the discomfort is felt, but our knowledge of the body's muscular system allows us to precisely gauge where in the body the root of the problem starts.
What Results Can You Expect From Dry Needling Therapy?
As soon as the needles are removed, a member of our staff will inspect the treatment areas for any signs of bleeding or skin reactions. Patients usually feel an immediate sense of relief at the conclusion of the treatment. It's important to note, however, that it may take several results until the full results can be achieved. During the time after receiving dry needling therapy, it's very crucial to stay hydrated by drinking large amounts of water. This ensures your muscles are able to continue to properly function. If you do begin to experience soreness, we may recommend rest, a warm bath, or an ice bath.
Dry Needling FAQs
What sort of conditions can dry needling treat?
Here at Q Factor Chiropractic, we recommend dry needling for a variety of patient ailments and symptoms. This versatile therapy can address a host of orthopedic and muscular issues, such as issues with jaw mobility, migraines, spinal cord disc issues, joint stiffness or soreness, and more. If you suffer from acute or chronic pain in any of these areas, contact our office today to see if dry needling may be an ideal treatment option for you.
Is dry needling painful?
Surprisingly, the insertion of the needle itself, when done by one of our trained staff members, should not be painful. However, as with many therapies, stimulation of the affected joint or muscle as a result of the needling may be sore or achy following your treatment. You might also experience a muscle twitch from the needle insertion, which can create very temporary discomfort.
What is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?
While there are obvious similarities between these two therapies, they serve different purposes. Our Mesquite, TX patients typically choose dry needling therapy for its targeted approach to painful or troublesome areas via pressure points and tension in the body. Other patients might turn to acupuncture to seek a level of spiritual or healing energy, targeting endorphins and hormones.
An Alternative to Acupuncture
Patients who are experiencing constant bouts of pain, discomfort, and/or soreness can receive immense benefit from even a single session of dry needle therapy. Learn more about this innovative treatment by contacting Q Factor Chiropractic in Mesquite, TX today. If it sounds like something that could help, schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard Channing or another member of our experienced team.