Dry Needling

Dr. Troy Wilson and Dr. Nate Hinrichs at Hastings Family Chiropractic, serving Hastings, NE, provide invaluable chiropractic wellness services to their community, including dry needling. They aim to provide natural healthcare for patients of all ages using a “whole person” approach.

What Is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a therapeutic technique using sterile, metallic needles inserted into targeted myofascial trigger points. These trigger points are considered hyperirritable spots or knots in the muscular frame. The needles are inserted superficially or at a deep tissue level utilizing different techniques to relieve them. Dry needling can also be used in areas close to neurovascular bundles.

Myofascial trigger points may be active or passive and are characterized by pain when the area is touched, referred pain and tenderness, motor dysfunction, and uncontrollable muscle twitches.

Dry needling is used for acute and chronic pain syndromes because the body immediately reacts, increasing your pain threshold and mobility while reducing your pain.

How Does Dry Needling Differ From Acupuncture?

Dry needling is a Western medicine, whereas acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine used to harness the body’s Qi. This includes removing blockages and stimulating healing for several medical conditions beyond the scope of musculoskeletal disorders.

Does Dry Needling Hurt?

Our patients often ask us if dry needling hurts. The truth is that you will feel a mild pinch when the needle is inserted or if the needle elicits a muscular twitch.

Every patient is different, but a dry needling session lasts approximately 20 minutes and any pain you may feel during the session will evaporate once the appointment is complete. However, you may experience general body/muscle fatigue like that experienced after a heavy physical workout after your appointment for several days as the body repairs itself.

Benefits of Dry Needling

The most promising benefit of dry needling is pain relief.  Likewise, dry needling offers the following benefits:

  • It sends blood flow to the affected area to stimulate healing at a cellular level.
  • Relieves muscle tension, allowing us to move freely.
  • Restore homeostasis by activating nervous responses.
  • Relieves inflammation.

Dry needling can also be used with other therapeutic services as part of a holistic health regime.

Contact Us!

You must select a medical professional who is certified and experienced at dry needling, as should be the rule with any invasive procedure. For this reason, you should look to Dr. Wilson and Dr. Hinrichs at Hastings Family Chiropractic, serving Hastings, NE who provide complete chiropractic care for the whole family. For appointments, call us today at (402) 463-1955.

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