If you have tight and painful muscles, finding relief is a top priority. At V Chiropractic and Rehabilitation in Littleton, Colorado, Dr. Michael Varnay offers dry needling, an innovative treatment that can release tension and improve muscle tightness and pain. Your path to relief begins with a simple phone call or the online scheduling tool. Don’t let another day go by living with muscle pain: Book your visit today.
There are multiple similarities between acupuncture and dry needling but also some important differences. Both treatments use thin, flexible, sterile needles to penetrate your skin for the purpose of pain relief.
Acupuncture, however, is an ancient Chinese medical practice that is believed to balance the components of your essential life force. A more modern approach to acupuncture points to the power of treatment needles to stimulate muscles, nerves, and connective tissues, improving blood flow and activating your body’s natural healing powers.
Dry needling focuses on the power of treatment needles to release tension held in your muscles. That also reduces irritation, increasing flexibility and reducing pain.
To summarize, acupuncture is a more holistic approach, while dry needling offers a more mechanistic approach.
Muscle pain is often caused by trigger points, knots of tightly contracted muscle fibers. Because the affected muscle tissue is so tight, blood flow is restricted, furthering irritation and creating a cycle of intensifying pain.
During dry needling sessions, Dr. Varnay inserts one or more treatment needles directly into the contracted muscle tissue. Each needle creates microscopic injuries to between 3,000-15,000 muscle fibers. Your body responds to those injuries with localized inflammation, which in turn reduces systemic inflammation.
Research suggests that dry needling creates a local twitch response, changing the length of muscle fibers and inhibiting those that cause pain. There are also indications that dry needling provides natural pain relief.
Dry needling is an incredibly versatile treatment and can improve the following conditions:
To learn more about how dry needling can help you, schedule a consultation with V Chiropractic and Rehabilitation at your earliest convenience.
In the hands of a trained professional, neither acupuncture nor dry needling is a painful experience. In fact, many men and women find their sessions relaxing.
Approach your treatment appointments with an open mind. Dry needling and acupuncture are effective treatments that can bring about lasting pain relief. There’s no need to be fearful or nervous about your appointment, but if you do experience anxiety, talk to Dr. Varnay about your concerns. Book your appointment today, and look forward to less pain and improved function.