Dry Needling Services

Dry needling is used to address a variety of neuromusculoskeletal issues that stem from active trigger points throughout the body.

Revolution Chiropractic - Dr Mark Illguth - Massage Services - Dry Needling

Dry Needling Services

Dry needling is used to address a variety of neuromusculoskeletal issues that stem from active trigger points throughout the body.

Revolution Chiropractic - Dr Mark Illguth - Massage Services - Dry Needling

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Dry needling is a therapeutic modality used to address a variety of neuromusculoskeletal issues that stem from active trigger points and adhesions throughout the body. Tender areas of contracted muscle tissue, formally known as trigger points, form when muscle fibers repeatedly contract but do not lengthen into a relaxed state following contraction. As this phenomenon repeatedly occurs, a dense, tender nodule forms within the muscle.

This nodule compresses the delicate capillaries and nerves that supply the tissue, which cuts off its supply of blood, fresh oxygen and nutrients. Without adequate blood supply, the affected area can no longer clear acidic buildup, which causes the surrounding muscle tissue to tighten. When a trigger point becomes severe, it may reduce motor function and cause pain with movement, touch or stretching of the affected muscle.

At Revolution Chiropractic, we offer dry needling therapy in our Miami, Queensland clinic to alleviate the discomfort and mobility issues associated with active trigger points.

What To Expect With Dry Needling Therapy?

Dry needling uses a fine filament needle, which we insert into the center of an active myofascial trigger point or the surrounding tissues. After insertion, blood pools around the needle, bringing necessary oxygen and nutrients to the affected tissue. As fresh blood surrounds the contracted muscle tissue and flushes out acidic buildup, the tissue gradually relaxes, decompressing the capillaries and nerves that feed it.

Dry needling may be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies to form a comprehensive, individualized treatment for pain and muscular dysfunction. After treatment, most patients experience an increase in range of motion and a reduction in symptomatic discomfort. Slight soreness and minor bruising are possible after treatment; however, these side effects typically resolve within 48 hours.

Health Benefits of Dry Needling

Dry needling offers a number of health benefits to individuals suffering from musculoskeletal pain and limited range of motion. Because dry needling addresses the underlying cause of painful, tense areas throughout the body, this therapy relieves discomfort and mobility issues at their source.

Pain and Tension Relief
Dense, contracted nodules of muscle and connective tissue compress the nerves that exist within the tissue. This compression causes the nerves to become hypersensitive, which creates considerable discomfort with movement of the affected area. A perpetually tense muscle cannot function as intended, which often results in limited range of motion. Because dry needling naturally relaxes these tender, contracted nodules and surrounding tissues, you’ll experience deep pain relief and mobility improvements.

Expedited Tissue Recovery
When we insert a filament needle into an active trigger point or surrounding tissues, blood begins pooling around the needle, bringing fresh oxygen and nutrients to the area. For healing to occur, damaged or dysfunctional tissues require adequate blood flow, which supplies the nutrients and platelets necessary for tissue healing. Because dry needling increases blood supply while relaxing contracted muscles, you’ll experience more rapid healing of the affected tissues.

Improved Range of Motion
When specific muscle fibers are perpetually and severely contracted, they affect the movement and functioning of the surrounding muscle fibers and joints. When we relax and release those fibers and the surrounding tissues, most patients find that they are able to perform movements and stretches that they previously could not tolerate.

What Conditions Benefit From Dry Needling?

Dry needling has demonstrated positive results for a wide variety of painful musculoskeletal conditions, including:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Tendonitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Joint pain and dysfunction
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar fasciitis

Frequently Asked Questions

To the onlooker, dry needling and acupuncture appear quite similar; however, they’re vastly different in theory and practice. Dry needling operates on the premise that active trigger points must be released to allow adequate blood flow to reach the affected tissue. The treatment relieves discomfort and mobility issues by relaxing areas of tension and relieving nerve pain.

Acupuncture, on the other hand, is an ancient Asian practice that operates on the premise that pain relief stems from proper energy flow through the body’s meridians. Though it appears similar to dry needling in terms of needle insertion, the theory behind the therapy is quite different.

You may experience a small pinching sensation when your practitioner inserts each needle, but any sensation is typically very mild. Some patients also experience involuntary muscle twitching upon needle insertion, which can be uncomfortable if a muscle is severely contracted. Although this twitching sensation may be mildly painful, it is a positive indication that the practitioner has located the exact area in need of treatment.

After your dry needling treatment, you can perform light physical activity, but you should avoid strenuous exercise. Drinking plenty of water after your treatment will help alleviate residual discomfort, and you may also soak in a warm bath or use cold compresses to relieve any soreness that develops.