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Dry Needling in Highlands Ranch

dry needles in a person's skinDry needling is a modern therapy intended to alleviate muscular pain. While the procedure may sound scary, dry needling is safe and often an effective treatment for patients with certain musculoskeletal presentations. We are pleased to offer this service at Highlands Family Chiropractic.

How Does It Work?

During a dry needling session, a practitioner (at our practice, it’s Dr. Charlotte) inserts several filiform needles into your skin. Filiform needles are ultrathin, short, stainless steel needles that don’t inject any fluid into the body. That’s why the term “dry” is part of the name.

Dr. Charlotte places the needles in specific muscles or tissues, depending on how the patient presents to the clinic and her exam. The needles are superficially inserted into the skin and will remain there for about 10 to 20 minutes. Dr. Charlotte will determine how long at each session.

Conditions Dry Needling Can Address

Here are some of the most common conditions for which patients seek this therapy:

  • Back pain
  • Disc problems
  • Headaches (tension and migraines)
  • Joint problems
  • Neck pain
  • Pain in the extremities
  • Repetitive motion disorders (like carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Tendinitis
  • TMJ
  • Whiplash

While acupuncture and dry needling both use the same needles, they have different ways of approaching where to insert the needles and the goal of the procedure.

Dry needling is designed to address 3 main things: reduce pain, induce an inflammatory response to reset the healing phase of tissues, and reduce muscle contractions. Therefore, the analysis of where to insert the needles differs from acupuncture, because dry needling looks for areas like these to target. Acupuncture is more known to address a person’s energy flow or chi based on meridian points in the body.

What qualifications does Dr. Charlotte have to provide dry needling?

In addition to being a chiropractor, Dr. Charlotte is certified in dry needling (Cert. DN).
Does it hurt?
While you will feel a prick while the needle is being inserted, it’s nothing like an injection; many people don’t even feel the prick. However, when the needle is in, it can create a deep burning sensation or discomfort. It is always important to remember that the goal is to get long-term relief.
How long does a session take?
Sessions can run from about 10 to 20 minutes.
When will I experience relief?
As every person responds differently, there’s no one answer. However, many people experience improvement within 24 hours.
Do you combine dry needling with other therapies?
Yes, we can hook up a TENS unit to stimulate the muscle while it’s being needled.
Is there anyone who shouldn't have dry needling?
Those who are afraid of needles, coagulation (blood clotting) disorders, or 12 to 16 weeks pregnant should not receive the therapy.
Are there any side effects?
The majority of side effects have been minor, including soreness during or after the treatment, bleeding at the site of the needle insertion, fainting, fatigue, and bruising.

Book an Appointment

Discover how dry needling could benefit you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Dry Needling Highlands Ranch CO | (303) 779-7933

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