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Neurological Dry Needling at Elite Chiropractic & Wellness

Neurological Dry Needling

What is neurological dry needling?

Neurological dry needling is a technique used for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. The technique uses a “dry”needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle.

Neurological dry needling is not acupuncture, however it does use homeostatic points in the body in addition to trigger points to create systemic effects. Essentially, we can decrease pain and increase function without pain the majority of the time.

What is a trigger point?

A trigger point is a tight band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch, and touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body.

What should I expect during a neurological dry needling treatment?

Dry needling involves a thin filiform needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues. The needle allows the chiropractor to target tissues that are not manually palpable. The majority of the time the treatment is painless, however patients may experience muscle twitching or a dull ache while the needles are being manipulated. In order to get better results, the chiropractor will rotate the needles around to get a better muscle activation.

Do I need neurological dry needling?

In most cases dry needling is typically one technique that’s part of a larger treatment plan.

Neurological dry needling can be used for, and is not limited to:

  • Sinus pressure
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Neck Pain/Stiff Neck
  • Back Pain/Stiff Back
  • Shoulder & Elbow Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Strained Hamstrings/Tight Hamstrings
  • Knee and Ankle Pain

Dr. Lindsay uses neurological dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improving range of motion and improving your body’s function. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up the patient’s healing process.

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