Dry Needling

Chiropractic care at Fidel Integrated Medicine is not limited to spinal manipulation and massage therapy. Though these hands-on therapies are effective for pain management, they may not be effective measures for conditions like myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia. These conditions can cause debilitating muscle pain that severely limits mobility and daily activities, and they are often unresponsive to conventional pain management therapies like medication. Dry needling has seen success in reducing muscle pain to facilitate physical therapy that will further improve mobility and comfort. Unlike injection-based therapies that facilitate healing through various biocompatible solutions, dry needling only uses very fine needles to activate trigger points, which are points at which nerves communicate with muscle tissues. Read on to learn more about this therapy that has helped numerous patients overcome muscle pain in our Baltimore office.

An Effective Treatment for Muscle Pain

Though dry needling looks very similar to acupuncture, it is a unique therapy that should only be performed by practitioners specifically trained in dry needling. Dry needling works, because it stimulates nerves to block pain signals in the muscles, and it also causes the body to repair the damaged nerve endplates that are responsible for pain and spasms regularly felt by the patient. Because there are no injections involved in dry needling, there is little risk for adverse reactions or bleeding.

Gentle Care from Skilled Practitioners

The dry needling procedure will take place over several treatment sessions, which will last anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes, depending on the scope of the area being treated. There may be some soreness or cramping felt in the effected muscles, though you should feel little to no sensation on the skin as needles penetrate the skin’s surface.

A Stepping Stone in Pain Management

Dry needling is generally not a standalone treatment. It will function as part of a larger pain management plan that may also include chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, and massage. Immediately following each dry needling treatment, you can promote the healing process by lightly stretching and self-massaging treated areas. Over time, you may notice substantial improvements in mobility, pain, and inflammation. You may also be able to transition away from pain medications, which can have a number of adverse health effects with continued use.

To learn more about dry needling and other alternative treatment options for chronic muscle pain, connect with Fidel Integrated Medical Solutions. Call our office today to schedule an appointment where you can discuss which treatment options will be best for your needs.

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