At Balanced Health Medical in Midtown Manhattan, we have shared the benefits of dry needling with New York residents for many years. Dry needling is a therapy that uses thin needles to help relieve muscle pain. Read on to learn more about dry needling and how you might benefit from it.
What Is a Trigger Point?
A trigger point is a tight band within muscle tissue that can cause pain in other body parts. For example, a trigger point in the shoulder may cause referred pain in the neck. Trigger points are often caused by muscle overuse or injury.
How Does Dry Needling Work?
Dry needling is based on the concept of trigger points. The needles used in dry needling are inserted into the skin at the site of trigger points. This helps to release muscle tension and improve blood flow. Dry needling is thought to work by stimulating the nervous system, which can help to reduce pain signals.
What Are the Benefits of Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a safe and effective treatment for muscle pain. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions, such as:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain
Dry needling is also a relatively short and affordable treatment. The needles used in dry needling are very thin, so the risk of side effects is low.
It's also a medication-free treatment, so it's a good option for people looking for an alternative to pain medication.
Who Can Do Dry Needling?
Dry needling should only be performed by a trained and licensed healthcare professional. At Balanced Health Medical, our physical therapists are all licensed and have received training in dry needling. If you're interested in dry needling, we can help determine if it's the right treatment.
Does Dry Needling Alone Work?
Dry needling is often used as part of a larger treatment plan. For example, at Balanced Health Medical, we may use dry needling in combination with other therapies, such as chiropractic care or massage. We'll also recommend exercises such as stretching and strengthening to help you prevent future injuries.
How Often Do I Need Treatment?
The frequency of dry needling treatments will depend on the severity of your condition. In most cases, we recommend one or two treatments per week. As your pain improves, we'll reduce the frequency of your treatments.
Schedule a Dry Needling Session in Midtown Manhattan
Dry needling may be a good chiropractic treatment option if you're dealing with muscle pain. To learn more about dry needling and how it can help you, book an appointment with a chiropractor at Balanced Health Medical by calling (212) 755-1717.