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Dry Needling at
Broman Chiropractic & Wellness Center

What is Dry Needling?

Applying needles to backDry needling is performed using a thin, solid filament needle to specifically target trigger points in a muscle often causing pain or discomfort. These trigger points are commonly felt as “knots” in muscles that are frequently tender to the touch and can produce strain on the surrounding joints.

  • When dry needling is performed to a muscle group involving a trigger point will cause a local twitch response helping the muscle to relax and release its tension.
  • This can help with chronically tense muscle groups or recently aggravated and tight muscle groups as well.

Dry needling is termed “dry “because nothing is injected via the needle. While the needles are the same as used in acupuncture, the intent behind dry needling is aimed towards specific trigger points, nerve pathways and myofascial tissue that cause referred pain and/or sensations rather than following traditional Meridian points that are targeted in acupuncture. Dry needling can be particularly helpful in treating conditions involving deep layers of muscle tissue that are hard to otherwise access often seen in conditions such as chronic back pain, tension headaches, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and sciatica to name a few.

What Does it Feel Like?

While undergoing dry needling, patients may endure several different sensations. Typically, muscle soreness, aching, or twitching when the needle is inserted is a good sign as it indicates that the trigger point is responding and stimulated. The patient may also feel these sensations in other areas that are not being treated at the moment. This is normal and expected. Trigger points are commonly associated with referred pain to other parts of the body. Your provider will educate you on where you can expect this.

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