Dry Needling

Integrative Dry Needling

**You do not need to be an established patient at our practice to take advantage of the many benefits of dry needling** 

Our practice offers dry needling as an individual therapy, so anyone may make an appointment, with or without chiropractic services. 

 What is it?

Dry needling is a skilled technique performed by a licensed health professional using filiform needles to penetrate the skin and/or underlying tissues to affect change in the body structures and functions for the evaluation and management of neuromuscular conditions, pain, movement impairments, and disability.

How does it work?

Integrative Dry Needling is NOT acupuncture (traditional Chinese medicine), it is based on neuro-anatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems.  A very fine filament needle is inserted through the skin and into the deeper tissues that are considered trigger points to your pain.  Dry needling works by causing a micro lesion within the pathological tissue, thus breaking up shortened tissues. This process inhibits a reflex arc from the nervous system to the tissue normalizing the inflammatory response, and centrally mediating the pain.  This mechanical and neuromuscular effect provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal, which ultimately reduces pain.

 

What conditions can be treated?

Conditions include, but are not limited to: neck, back and shoulder pain; arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow); headache to include migraines and tension-type headaches; jaw pain; buttock pain; and leg pain (sciatica, hamstring strains, calf tightness/spasms). 

 

Are the needles sterile?

Yes, we only treat with single-use disposable needles. 

 

Is the procedure painful?

The fine filament needle is very thin, solid, and flexible, which allows for the needle to be pushed through the skin versus cutting the skin.  This helps reduce any discomfort that may occur with the procedure.  We strive to make the treatment virtually painless, however at times a local twitch response of the muscle may be felt. When the needle is inserted into the pathological tissue, the local twitch response sensation is normal and is felt only momentarily.  Many patients describe this twitch response as a little electric shock, cramp, or an ache sensation.  These sensations are perfectly normal and even a desirable response.  We will make every effort to make your experience comfortable and therapeutic.

 

How will I feel after the Dry Needling treatment?

This will vary but many patients experience immediate relief of their symptoms and an increase in range of motion.  Soreness can also be a common response from the needling but does not occur with all people.  Some individuals may experience an immediate achiness or a delayed soreness the next day.  The soreness, if present, will usually last 1-2 days; use of heat and light massage and movement will be beneficial in alleviating any discomfort.  Mild bruising may occur at the needling sites and is more prevalent in certain parts of the body.  Larger bruising may also occur but is rare.  Application of ice on the bruise will help with the soreness; skin discoloration will last several days but is not harmful.  It is uncommon but possible that the treatment may temporarily increase your symptoms.  This is unusual but if this continues past the 1–2-day window, inform your doctor to allow adjustment of your program to enhance your comfort next time.  This does not mean that needling will not be beneficial to your condition.  

 

Will I continue to do exercises or receive other treatments?

Yes, dry needling works very well with chiropractic care, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, and stabilization and posture training. 

 

How many treatments will I need?

This is determined by the state of the injury and your overall health.  Remember we are attempting to cause mechanical and biochemical changes without pharmacological means.  Therefore, we are looking for a cumulative response to break the pain cycle.  The doctor will be able to give you more insight after your evaluation.  

 

What should I do to prepare for the treatment?

Do not eat 30 minutes before the treatment

Be well hydrated but empty your bladder prior to treatment

Wear lose fitting clothing, shorts, or bathing suite for easy access to your painful areas

 

What should/can I do after treatment, what should I avoid? 

Our recommendations vary depending on the amount of soreness, you have and on the individual response to the treatment.  Recommendations may include increasing your water intake, applying heat or ice over the area, gentle stretches and modifications of activities. 

Our Location

4082 Fulton Dr. NW | Canton, OH 44718

Office Hours

Our General Schedule

Monday:

8:00 am-10:30 am

2:00 pm-5:15 pm

Tuesday:

10:00 am-2:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-10:30 am

2:00 pm-5:15 pm

Thursday:

7:00 am-10:00 am

Friday:

Closed

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

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