Dry Needling is an effective and specialized treatment for muscle tension and spasms. Dr. Yeager received his Functional Dry Needling (FDN) certification through KinetaCore a leader in dry needling education.
HOW DOES DRY NEEDLING WORK?
- Involves the insertion of fine filament needles into the skin and muscles directly at a myofascial trigger point.
- Provides pain relief and improvement in function to patients who have both acute and chronic issues.
- The needles do not inject any medication, rather the needles themselves and their effects within the muscle tissue are the treatment.
COMMON CONDITIONS THAT BENEFIT FROM DRY NEEDLING:
- Muscle spasms
- Neck pain
- Lower back pain
- Herniated discs
- Hip pain
- Leg pain
- Calf pain
- Shoulder pain
- Elbow pain
- Arm pain
- Wrist pain
- …and many more!
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER DRY NEEDLING TREATMENTS:
How will I feel after a session of dry needling?
You may feel some soreness immediately after treatment in the area of the body you were treated. This does not always occur but should be expected and is considered normal. It can also take up to a few hours, or until the next day, to feel an onset of soreness. The soreness may vary from person to person and based on the area of the body that was treated, but it typically feels like you had an intense workout at the gym. Soreness typically lasts 24 – 48 hours. Make sure to indicate to your dry needling provider at a follow-up appointment how long the soreness lasted.
Bruising from the treatment is possible, somewhat uncommon, but is not of concern. Some areas are likely to bruise more than others including the shoulders, chest, face, and portions of the extremities. Large bruising rarely occurs but is possible. Use ice to help decrease the bruising and if you feel concern please contact your dry needling provider.
It is common to feel tired/fatigued, energized, giggly or “out of it” after treatment. These are normal responses that can last up to an hour or two after treatment. If these symptoms last beyond a day contact your dry needling provider as a precaution.
There are times when treatment may actually exacerbate your original symptoms. This is normal and may indicate that you need to follow-up sooner with your dry needling provider to continue treatment. If these symptoms continue past 24 – 48 hours, keep a note of it, as this can help your dry needling provider adjust your treatment plan if needed based on your report. This does not mean that dry needling cannot help your condition.
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER MY TREATMENT AND WHAT IS RECOMMENDED?
It is recommended that you increase your water intake for the next 24 hours after treatment to help avoid or reduce soreness. Soaking in a hot bath or hot tub can help relieve post-treatment soreness, and to soften the symptoms associated with the treatment you received. After a dry needling treatment, you may do the following based on your comfort level. Please note that if the activity(s) makes you hurt, increases or exacerbates your symptoms, then discontinuing the activity(s) is probably best.
- Work out and/or stretch
- Participate in normal physical activity
- Massage the area(s)
- Use heat and/or ice as preferred for post-treatment soreness
- If you have prescribed medications, then continue to take them as prescribed.
WHAT SHOULD I AVOID AFTER TREATMENT??
- Unfamiliar physical activities or sports
- Doing more than you normally do
- Excessive alcohol intake
If you are feeling light-headed, dizzy, or experience difficulty breathing, chest pain or any other concerning symptoms after treatment, contact your dry needling provider immediately. If you are unable to get a hold of us, please contact your medical doctor or call 911.
WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE DRY NEEDLING TREATMENTS?
- Pregnant women
- People who are not able to understand the treatment
- People who are very afraid of needles
Any patient who is considering dry needling should consult his or her medical doctor first. This is particularly true for people taking blood thinners and people who are only recently recovering from surgery.
Overall, dry needling treatments reduce pain while improving muscle function by targeting “trigger points”. Success stories involving dry needling tell of treatments getting some people out of pain in just a couple of visits or even have some athletes back to competing within a few days. Of course, results vary from person to person but most individuals notice substantial benefits following dry needling treatment. For more information on dry needling and to see if it is right for you, contact Dr. Yeager.
Source: KinetaCore Functional Dry Needling Courses for Physical Therapists [Internet]. KinetaCore. [cited 2019Jun15]. Available from: http://www.kinetacore.com/