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Have you been thinking about trying dry needling but want
some questions answered before you schedule an appointment? Maybe you aren’t
quite sure what dry needling is, are confused about how it differs from
acupuncture or you are simply afraid that it will be painful. Physical
Therapist, Connie Strey of PT Center for Women clears up some common
misconceptions when it comes to dry needling.
needling and acupuncture are exactly the same
needling and acupuncture, while they use the same needle types, are two very
different treatments. Dry needling is a therapeutic technique where a trained
physical therapist inserts small, sterile, solid filament needles into the skin
and muscle directly at a trigger point. The ultimate goal is to generate a
“twitch response” which helps release the tension and pain located in the
muscles. On the other hand, acupuncture involves the insertion of these thin
needles through the skin at strategic points of the body. It is a key component
of Traditional Chinese medicine that is believed to adjust and alter the body’s
energy flow into healthier patterns.
needling is extremely painful
Truth: While the
local “twitch response” causes a very brief painful response, it lasts less
than a second. Most patients say they do not feel the insertion of the needle,
but describe the pain, from the muscle spasm, as a little electrical shock or a
needling comes with a long list of side effects
Truth: The only
side effect patients have said they experience is that their muscles tend to
feel sore following the procedure and this is perfectly normal! It is
recommended that you stretch and apply ice for 2 days after a dry needling
Connie has personally found dry needling to be a very
effective tool for her patients. She treats patients diagnosed with orthopedic
problems, pelvic pain, chronic pain, headaches, etc. who have benefited greatly
from this manual therapy technique. If you have questions or concerns that were
not discussed, please visit our website at www.ptcenterforwomen.com or call our
office at 920.729.2982. We will be more than happy to speak with you!