Dry Needling Treatment from Your Chiropractor in Franklin, MA
Dry needling is a 20th-century therapy that people sometimes confuse with acupuncture. It avoids the use of drugs or surgery. This non-invasive therapy is one of several our Franklin chiropractor utilizes to bring pain relief to patients treated at our Franklin Back & Joint Care Inc. practice.
Overview of Dry Needling
Dry needling is a technique our chiropractor employs to relieve trigger point pain. Trigger points are actually muscles that have become so tight and knotted that extreme pain can result if they are touched.
Thin needles that penetrate the skin are the tools used in this therapy. The “dry” in the name of the procedure indicates that these needles have no medication in them.
Once the needles directly stimulate the affected muscles, the result is relaxation and a release of trigger points. Practitioners often use needling, which is helpful to patients who experience chronic referred pain, in conjunction with other holistic therapies.
This technique is beneficial for many conditions, among them:
- Tension headaches
- Injuries that are debilitating
- Spinal disc issues
- Repetitive motion conditions
- Joint problems
What Patients Can Expect
The roots of acupuncture lie in traditional Chinese medicine. By contrast, Western anatomy and physiology form the base of dry needling, used for roughly four decades.
For many patients with pain issues, our doctor creates a personalized treatment plan made up of more than one type of therapy. The role of needling is to access parts of muscles and deeper tissues that are inaccessible using hand motions.
This procedure includes placing thin filiform needles into each identified trigger point. A reduction in pain coupled with a boost in range and motion follow deactivation of the trigger point by a needle. Many individuals treated comment that they do not sense a needle as it penetrates their skin.
It is common to experience a twitch-like sensation when a muscle that is sensitive, shortened, or has trigger points is treated. Patients sometimes describe the resulting sensation as a muscle cramp and consider it a positive indication that needling has deactivated the trigger point and restored the normal length and function of the targeted muscle. Chiropractors refer to this sensation as a twitch response.
Schedule a Consultation with Our Franklin Chiropractor
Dr. Mark Mazzuchelli and the rest of the Franklin Back & Joint Care Inc. team focus on providing chiropractic treatment that addresses each patient’s unique needs. Ours is a full-service practice offering therapies ranging from dry needling to spinal adjustments and nutritional advice. To learn how chiropractic treatment can change your life, call our Franklin office today at 508-528-7616 to schedule a consultation with our chiropractor.