How is dry needling different than acupuncture?

Is dry needling deeper than acupuncture?

It is very beneficial for musculoskeletal problems, including tendonitis, myalgia and nerve pain. Dry needling targets the muscle, nerve, or tissue level and does not go beyond that. Acupuncture on the other hand is looking at the bigger picture in your body, deeper than the superficial muscle layer.

Can dry needling make things worse?

Some uncommon, sub-1% adverse effects included aggravation of symptoms, headache, nausea, shaking, itching, and numbness. “Aggravation of symptoms” is one of the most important considerations from the patient perspective (and the least likely to be known/reported by practitioners).

What are the side effects of dry needling?

Are there side effects from dry needling?

  • Soreness during or after the treatment.
  • Bleeding at the place where the needle was pushed in.
  • Fainting.
  • Fatigue.
  • Bruising.

Is dry needling more effective?

Dry needling may be more effective than receiving no treatment, but more conventional and cost-effective methods, such as stretching and massage therapy, may be better at relieving muscle pain.

Why dry needling is bad?

Dry needling can be painful, and the location of the injury affect the amount of pain experienced, but it usually manifests in two ways: As the needle is inserted through the skin into the muscle, there may be a slight contraction or twitch within the muscle, that creates pain.

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How long does dry needling results last?

After dry needling, experiencing some slight soreness is normal, and you will typically note an improvement in your symptoms within one to two days. How long the benefits will last will vary per individual. The first few treatments will usually have a short length of relief spanning over several days.

Is heat or ice better after dry needling?

Do Not Use Cold Treatments for the Soreness

It’s common to feel a little sore after a dry needling treatment or have some light bruising. Although you may be tempted to use ice to ease any soreness, we highly recommend that you not use ice to address this, and use heat instead.

Can dry needling damage nerves?

Objective. Some dry needling treatments involve repetitive and rapid needle insertions into myofascial trigger points. This type of treatment causes muscle injury and can also damage nerve fibers.

What should you do after dry needling?

What Should I Do After My Treatment?

  1. Work out and/or stretch.
  2. Participate in normal physical activity.
  3. Massage the area.
  4. Use heat or ice as preferred for post-treatment soreness.
  5. If you have prescription medications, continue to take them as prescribed.

How often can you have dry needling done?

How many sessions of dry needling will I need? Results’ dry needling patients average 2-3 sessions, and will not use more than 5-6 except in rare circumstances. Often we will use dry needling once or twice per week out of 2-3 visits.