Dry Needling Therapy In Highlands Ranch

Dry 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.

What Is Dry Needling And How Does It Work?

Dry needling is a technique used by trained healthcare professionals such as chiropractors, physical therapists, and medical doctors. The procedure involves the insertion of thin needles into specific trigger points in muscles or connective tissues to release tension and alleviate pain. These trigger points are often found in areas where there is chronic muscle tightness or injury.

During a dry needling session, a practitioner 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.

At our practice, the dry-needling practitioner is Dr. Charlotte. She 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 each session is.

Difference Between Dry Needling And Acupuncture

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

Dry needling is designed to address three 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.

Conditions Dry Needling Can Address

Dry needling therapy is a versatile treatment option that can address a multitude of conditions. It is particularly effective in managing conditions related to muscle tension, joint discomfort, and chronic pain.

Here are some specific conditions where dry needling therapy can provide significant relief:

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What To Expect From A Dry Needling Procedure

During a dry needling session at Highlands Family Chiropractic, you will experience a unique and highly personalized treatment process. This therapy is carried out with utmost professionalism and meticulous attention to your comfort and well-being.

Here’s what you can expect when you come in for a dry needling procedure.

Before The Procedure

At your first appointment, Dr. Charlotte will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the most effective treatment plan for your condition. This involves a comprehensive discussion about your symptoms, health history, and lifestyle. She may also perform a physical examination to identify potential trigger points that could be contributing to your discomfort.

During The Dry Needling Session

Once the assessment has been completed, you’ll proceed to the dry needling session. You’ll be asked to sit or lie down, depending on the area being treated. Dr. Charlotte will then insert the filiform needles into specific points on your body. The number of needles used and the depth to which they are inserted will depend on your specific condition and the treatment plan developed. The needles are usually left in place for 10 to 20 minutes before they are removed.

Post-Treatment Care

After the needles have been removed, Dr. Charlotte may give you some aftercare instructions. This could include recommendations for gentle stretching, the application of heat or ice, and advice on any activities you should avoid. It’s important to follow these instructions to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment and prevent any post-treatment discomfort.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about dry needling:

In addition to being a chiropractor, Dr. Charlotte is certified in dry needling (Cert. DN).

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 slight burning sensation or discomfort. It is always important to remember that the goal is to get long-term relief.

Sessions can run from about 10 to 20 minutes.

As every person responds differently, there’s no one answer. However, many people experience improvement within 24 hours.

Those who are afraid of needles, have coagulation (blood clotting) disorders, or are 12 to 16 weeks pregnant should not receive the therapy.

The majority of side effects are minor, including soreness during or after the treatment, bleeding at the site of the needle insertion, fainting, fatigue, and bruising.

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