Since 2019, dry needling has been within the scope of practice for Chiropractors in Montana! We are pleased to bring this innovative therapy to our patients to assist in making the most of the chiropractic care we provide. All of our Bozeman doctors at Gallatin Valley Chiropractic are certified through the Dry Needling Institute.
Dry Needling is the insertion of fine, solid needles into muscles to relax them, promote blood flow and reduce pain.
Is Dry Needling like Acupuncture?
Although they both use sterile, one use fine needles, they are much different in the usage. Acupuncture, uses needles to focuses on restoring the flow of Chi, or "vital energy" by using points known as Meridians. Dry needling uses needles aimed at reducing the severity of knots in muscles and reducing pain and inflammation throughout the body. These areas that are needled are derived from points of musculoskeletal and mechanical dysfunction based on the body's anatomy. These muscle “knots” are called myofascial trigger points, and refer pain from the knotted point, to other areas when pressed on, or during normal activity and movement. These are a common causes of headache and arm or leg pain referral from the shoulder or hip.
How does dry needling work?
We are seeing research validate the effectiveness of dry needling for various conditions which cause muscle tightness and knotting. Here are a few mechanisms through which dry-needling is proposed to be effective:
- Stimulation of a Local Twitch Response
- Reduced pain can happen due to the stimulation of a muscle phenomenon known as a “local twitch response”. This is an involuntary contraction of the muscle fibers in a tight part of a muscle, which happens when the fine needles are inserted. This twitch response has been shown to reduce inflammatory irritant in the muscle contents near myofascial trigger points.
- Stimulation of muscle healing
- The insertion of a needle causes a small trauma to the local area, which triggers the cells responsible for soft tissue healing to travel to the area. These cells then repair the area, and may contribute to the healing and remodeling of the entire muscle knot, or myofascial trigger point. This process takes about 7-10 days after dry needling.
- Improvement of Microcirculation
- The small trauma that occurs in the local area after a needle is inserted has an added effect to open blood vessels, and increase permeability of these blood vessels. This can help increase blood flow and lymphatic circulation in the local area. This additional lymphatic circulation acts to shuttle inflammation and other waste products out of the tissues, and improve the rate of healing by bringing more nutrients to the area.
What conditions are Dry Needling used for?
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Pain in the heel first waking up? You may have plantar fasciitis. Anyone who has had plantar fasciitis knows how debilitating it can be. Dry needling along with light muscle work and ankle adjusting has amazing results for individuals who suffer from plantar fasciitis.
- Clicking, pain, and grinding while chewing may be an indication that your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ is not working properly! Dry needling can help to reduce the tightness in the muscles around the TMJ, and resolve these symptoms.
- Disc Injuries
- Our patients have tremendous results when incorporating dry needling with chiropractic care for even the most severe disc injuries. With disc injuries, comes a lot of inflammation around the injured disc. This causes a lot of the residual symptoms of radiating pain and muscle spasm. With dry needling, the inflammation is quickly dissipated, muscle spasms are decreased and pain is mitigated, allowing a quicker recovery.
- Do you ever have a sharp pain in the front of the shoulder? How about on the side of your elbow? You may be dealing with a tendinitis or tendinosis. Dry needling can help to reduce inflammation around the biceps tendons, runners knee, golfers and tennis elbow, achilles pain and any other aches and pains you may be feeling. This quickly reduces pain and tension in the area allowing the body to heal and you get back doing what you want to do, pain free.
- Muscle, fascial pain and tension
- Work a stressful job? Parenting ill tempered children? The pain and tension in the trapezius muscle (muscle between the neck and shoulder) can be alleviated in many cases with dry needling. If you were recently injured by a sprain/strain, dry needling is a great to speed up recovery and help alleviate symptoms.
FAQ about Dry Needling
Does Dry Needling hurt?
Dry Needling is a passive therapy, meaning there is no movement required of the patient. Most needles inserted will be felt minimally and some not at all, with a few needles described by patients as feeling like a deep ache that quickly dissipates. Typically at our clinic we use between 1-15 needles per patient, but only use what our patients are comfortable with.
How long does Dry Needling take?
Dry Needle appointments generally take about the same amount of time as a chiropractic treatment. Once the needles are applied, they will stay in for about 5-10 minutes. All in all the appointment should take around 10-15 minutes.
How much does Dry Needling cost?
Dry Needling typically isn't covered by insurance companies so the cost is $50 per needling session.
Can you Dry Needle the same day you get adjusted?
Patients are able to Dry Needle and get adjusted on the same visit, this is often determined by an exam and a doctor- patient consultation.
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