Dry needling

Dry needling is a technique involving the insertion of thin acupuncture needles into specific points in the body to treat various musculoskeletal conditions.

What is dry needling?

Trigger point dry needling is a method of quickly releasing tight and sometimes painful skeletal muscle fibers known as trigger points. A trigger point is very often painful upon palpation and can cause a variety of symptoms from headaches to referred pain. Trigger points are caused by trauma to an injured area and your muscles react by seizing up to protect it from further damage. This is why trigger points feel knot-like and often painful upon applying pressure. Pain affects how your body moves. It is thought that dry needling changes the way the brain and muscles talk to each other to let the system return to a more normal movement pattern.

How does dry needling work?

The mechanism behind how dry needling works is still being researched. However, it is believed that the insertion of needles stimulates sensory nerves and promotes blood flow to the area being treated. This increased blood flow can help reduce inflammation and promote tissue repair.  Sometimes electrical stimulation is also used to intensify the results.

This technique:
✔ Relieves muscle tightness and pain
✔ Improves circulation and blood flow
✔ Enhances healing and reduces recovery times
✔ Stimulates muscle activation
✔ Increases range of motion and flexibility

What conditions does dry needling help?

Chiropractic dry needling in Haarlem can help reduce or even eliminate musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain.  Dry needling is one of the most effective modalities out there because the needles can reach the deeper muscles that hands and other instruments simply can’t reach.  It can help with some of the following conditions, and so much more:

✔ Headaches
✔ Back pain
✔ Neck pain 
✔ Plantar fasciitis
✔ Achilles tendinitis
✔ Shoulder pain
✔ Carpal tunnel syndrome
✔ Sciatica
✔ Knee pain
✔ Tennis elbow
✔ Shin splints
✔ Nerve entrapments

Does dry needling hurt?

Many individuals wonder what dry needling feels like. While everyone’s experience may vary, it is common for patients to feel a slight prick or tingling sensation as the needle is inserted. Some individuals may also experience a brief twitch response in the muscle being treated, which is actually a positive sign indicating that the trigger point has been successfully targeted.  It’s not painful, but most patients describe it as feeling weird or uncomfortable.  This feeling goes away as soon as the needle is out of the muscle, usually after a few seconds.  As your muscles loosen throughout sessions, you may experience less discomfort.  It is common to experience muscle soreness after a treatment for up to 48 hours, but most patient say it feels good because they can feel that changes were made in the body.

Your chiropractic visit

At the first visit, you will receive a comprehensive consultation and examination.  The treatment involves a combination of spinal and extremity chiropractic adjustments, manual therapy, and prescribed exercises.  The dry needling is used as a specific form of manual therapy. By itself, it’s really just a bandaid for the pain. It is always used as an adjunct to the chiropractic adjustment.  This combination provides long lasting results to heal your pain at the source. You will always receive personalized attention and quality care to help you reach your goals.

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Are you tired of dealing with muscle tightness and pain? Discover the power of Trigger Point Dry Needling, a technique that can help release those stubborn trigger points and alleviate your musculoskeletal conditions. At The Movement Recipe in Haarlem, the combination of chiropractic dry needling is designed to target those hard-to-reach muscles and provide you with long-lasting relief. Say goodbye to headaches, back pain, neck pain, and so much more. Experience the healing benefits of dry needling and unleash your inner champion today. Book your appointment now and embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle!