What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is a treatment technique often used by chiropractors and physical therapists to eliminate
trigger points within muscles and other soft tissues. It requires using a sterile acupuncture needle that is inserted into the trigger point, causing an immediate "release" of the trigger point. This reduces pain, muscle tension, and increases mobility.
What are Trigger Points?
Trigger points are small knots within muscles that are often tense or sore to touch. They can increase pain, limit motion, and decrease field performance. If gone untreated trigger points can get worse over time.
Is Dry Needling Painful?
For most people, there is little to no discomfort with the insertion of the needle. However, once the needle hits the trigger point, you will experience a "twitch response" which often feels like a quick muscle cramp. Following this technique muscle soreness can be felt up to 24-48 hrs. The application of heat and drinking plenty of fluids usually reduces the soreness.
Is it Acupuncture?
No. Acupuncture and Dry Needling both use a sterile acupuncture needle in treatment. However, the methodologies, techniques, and education are very different. Dr. Alykhan Shariff of Whiplash Pain Center is certified and trained to perform Dry Needling in Charleston and Summerville, SC. He received his training from Dr. David Fishkin of the Dry Needling Institute LLC in Rockville, Maryland.