Technique used to treat neuromusculoskeletal system based on pain patterns, muscular dysfunction, postural adaptations. The technique is administered by inserting a filiform needle (i.e. very thin) into the area being treated in order to elicit a treatment response that may include: decreasing muscle tension, increasing circulation, decreasing pain, or improving ROM.
What does it feel like?
Typically, nothing or mild achiness. Occasionally a muscle twitch will be felt if the needle encounters a trigger point (tight and painful muscle fiber). If at any time you experience undue discomfort, pain or anxiety please let the practitioner know and he will immediately stop the treatment. You are in control.
Is this different than acupuncture?
Yes. The only commonality between Acupuncture and Dry Needling is the type of needle. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is described as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force known as Qi or Chi believed to flow through meridian channels throughout the body. Filiform needles are inserted to stimulate these meridian channels where as Dry needling is used to elicit a local immediate change to the neuromusculoskeletal system. Aside from using the same tool the other commonality is to make you feel better.
How Long does a treatment session take?
Typically, a DNP session will last between 10-30 minutes depending on the areas being treated. Occasionally a “pistoning” or “pecking” treatment will be performed on a specific structure which lasts less than a minute.
As with any soft tissue treatment you may experience mild soreness, achiness or bruising. Usually, the treatment effect takes 24 hours post treatment. During that time, it is advised to drink plenty of water, avoid intense exercise, and limit alcohol consumption. Stretching or light aerobic exercise can be well tolerated by most individuals post treatment. Applying moist heat to the area treated can usually mitigate any post-treatment soreness.