Dry involves the use of a thin needle that penetrates the skin to stimulate muscular trigger points. This helps resolve neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement conditions. At A Family Practice & Wellness Center in Cartersville, GA, we have years of experience performing dry needling for muscle relaxation and recovery. Following are the answers to some questions our chiropractor frequently receives regarding dry needling.
Is Dry Needling Painful?
Mild discomfort is experienced by some patients. However, the pain does not last long. Many patients report a pleasant and relaxing feeling as the thin needles stimulate trigger points.
Is Dry Needling Safe?
Safety is always our number one priority. The procedure itself is extremely safe. Only 0.01% of patients will experience any serious side effects, the most common of which is pneumothorax.
How Will I Feel Following Treatment?
Immediately following treatment, you may experience some soreness in the treated area. This does not always happen, but do not be alarmed if it does. Depending on the area of the body that was treated, soreness may vary. Most patients compare their soreness to an intense workout at the gym. Bruising has also been reported. It is also normal for a patient to feel emotional, tired, or even nauseous following treatment. This is a normal response that generally only lasts for a couple of hours following treatment, and will eventually give way to feelings of deep muscle relaxation.
Is There Anything That I Must Do Following My Treatment?
It is important to increase your water intake to decrease your chances of soreness. It is also a good idea to soak in a hot tub or bathtub if possible. Heating pads may also be used to soothe the treated area.
Is There Anything That I Should Avoid Doing Following Treatment?
There is nothing that you should avoid following treatment. You can resume all of your normal activities based on your comfort level.
Will I Have the Procedure Done At My First Appointment?
Typically, we do not treat patients at their first appointment unless they fall into a classic trigger point presentation. It is common to introduce patients to dry needling during their first appointment and educate them on the benefits and risks of the procedure itself. The treatment will then be completed during the following visits.
Contact Our Chiropractor in Cartersville, GA for Dry Needling
If you are interested in dry needling, the wellness professionals at A Family Practice & Wellness Center are ready to assist you. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (770) 386-5262.