Have you discovered spots on your back or neck that are tender and painful? Those spots are known as trigger points, and most American adults have them. In Potomac, Maryland, the experienced providers at RegenMD offer an effective solution for alleviating trigger point pain called dry needling. This minimally invasive procedure releases muscle tension and can help restore your quality of life. To find out more about the benefits of dry needling, book your appointment at RegenMD online or by phone.
Dry needling is a highly effective type of physical therapy that treats numerous musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. The treatment uses very fine needles that your provider inserts into the deep tissues of your body at points known as trigger points.
Trigger points are the hard knots that form in your muscle, often the result of repetitive movements in your daily life. Dry needling creates microlesions in the trigger point area to release these tight bands of muscle. This release can alleviate persistent pain and improve your functionality.
While dry needling uses fine needles as part of your treatment, it’s a much different approach than the traditional Chinese acupuncture therapy.
Dry needling can treat areas that commonly have trigger points, such as:
It can also treat chronic migraines and frequent headache pain.
Your RegenMD provider can determine if dry needling is the right treatment for you based on your symptoms and medical history. Overall, dry needling is a safe and effective treatment that offers long-term results.
The needles your RegenMD provider uses are very thin and flexible. Needling doesn’t damage the skin or cause pain. You can expect some muscle twitches throughout your treatment, which are perfectly normal.
Following treatment, you may experience muscle soreness for one or two days but can find relief using ice packs. Bruising at the needle insertion site is also a common side effect, but it should resolve within a week.
After your dry needling treatment, you can expect immediate relief of pain in your trigger point areas, and you can return to your normal activities without restriction.
Initially, muscle soreness may limit some more strenuous activity. However, as soreness resolves within a day or two, you may even be able to increase your physical activity. Your muscles may also have more range of motion than they did before treatment.
If you’re ready to be rid of persistent muscle aches and pain, schedule a consultation with RegenMD to learn about the benefits of dry needling.