The purpose of using the needles is to find the tight muscle point where the pain is coming from and relax that muscle to relieve the pain. This helps to increase your range of motion.
What Conditions Can Dry Needling Treat?
Dry needling is effective treatment for conditions that involve the joints, muscles, and nerves. Common conditions Dr. Mike McGough treats with dry needling include:
- Back and neck pain that is both acute and chronic
- Disc herniations or “Pinched nerves”
- Shoulder pain and acute shoulder injuries
- Hip and leg pain and injuries including sciatica
- Extremity joint and muscle pain like elbow or knee pain
- Tension and cervicogenic headaches
What are the benefits?
- Relieve pain and discomfort associated with joints, muscles, and nerves
- Improve your body’s function and ability to move correctly and efficiently
- Reduce trigger points, which are taut bands of muscle fibers that cause local and referred pain and limit your movement
- Aid and speed up your body’s own healing process after injury
- Manage pain in conditions that are chronic and have not responded adequately to other treatments
- Relieve muscle tightness and help recovery in athletes and active individuals
Does dry needling hurt?
The short answer is, you may experience some mild discomfort. Dry needling typically is not more painful than the pain you are already experiencing. However, most patients feel a cramp, prick or twitch when the needles are inserted. The needles are very thin but because they are going into a sore muscle you may experience some mild discomfort.
When can I expect results?
You most likely will feel pain relief immediately following the first treatment. Sometimes, several treatments are needed to achieve optimal relief.