Discover the Benefits of Dry Needling

At Coastal Chiropractic and Acupuncture in Foley, AL, we offer dry needling as part of our comprehensive approach to pain management and muscle rehabilitation. Our certified practitioners use this highly effective technique to treat various musculoskeletal issues, enhancing recovery and improving overall function.

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What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a modern treatment designed to ease muscular pain. Its premise is simple: a thin, sterile needle is inserted into the skin to stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscles, and connective tissues for the management of pain and movement impairments.

How Does Dry Needling Work?

Dry needling works by causing a small, precise lesion in the tissue when the needle is inserted. This process helps break down knots, relieve muscle pain, and reduce inflammation. The treatment is typically not painful; some patients may feel a twitch response or a brief cramp at the insertion site.

Conditions Treated by Dry Needling

  • Chronic Back Pain: Targets deep tissues that are difficult to reach with other treatments.
  • Tension Headaches and Migraines: Relieves muscle tension and improves nerve function.
  • Sports Injuries: Accelerates recovery by reducing muscle tightness and improving flexibility.
  • Fibromyalgia: Alleviates widespread muscular and soft tissue discomfort.

Why Choose Coastal Chiropractic and Acupuncture for Dry Needling?

  • Expert Practitioners: Our therapists are professionally trained and certified in dry needling techniques.
  • Personalized Care: We assess each patient’s unique condition and tailor the treatment to your specific needs.
  • Integrated Treatment Plans: Dry needling can be combined with other therapeutic treatments such as chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy for enhanced results.

What to Expect During Your Dry Needling Session

During your session, you’ll be comfortably positioned while very thin monofilament needles are gently inserted into the targeted areas. Each session typically lasts between 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the area being treated and the specific condition.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Ready to experience the benefits of dry needling? Contact Coastal Chiropractic and Acupuncture today at (251) 943-7941 or visit us at 1705 South McKenzie Street, #4, Foley, AL 36535 to schedule your consultation. Our team is ready to help you achieve optimal health and improved well-being.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Dry Needling

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is a therapeutic technique used by trained professionals to treat muscle pain and spasms. The procedure involves inserting a thin needle into the muscle at the trigger point which is causing pain. This helps to release the knot and relieve any muscle pain or spasms.

How does dry needling differ from acupuncture?

While dry needling uses the same thin needles as acupuncture, its approach is based on modern Western medical principles, not traditional Chinese medicine. Dry needling targets specific muscular trigger points for pain management and differs in the philosophy, assessment, and application from acupuncture.

Is dry needling painful?

Most patients do not find dry needling painful. There may be a twitch response when the needle enters a trigger point, which can cause a brief sensation of discomfort. However, this sensation is generally short-lived.

What conditions can be treated with dry needling?

Dry needling is effective for a variety of conditions including, but not limited to, acute and chronic back pain, neck pain, tension headaches, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, muscle spasms, and sports injuries.

How quickly does dry needling work?

Many patients experience noticeable pain relief immediately after a dry needling session. However, it may take a few sessions to achieve significant improvement, depending on the nature and severity of the condition.

Are there any side effects of dry needling?

The most common side effect is temporary soreness at the needle site. Less commonly, minor bruising may occur. Serious side effects are rare but can include nerve irritation or puncture of the lungs when needling near the chest or neck.

How often should I undergo dry needling?

The frequency of dry needling sessions varies depending on the individual’s condition and response to treatment. Typically, patients may start with sessions one to two times a week, tapering off as symptoms improve.

Who can perform dry needling?

Dry needling should only be performed by a healthcare professional who has received specific training and certification in the technique. At Coastal Chiropractic and Acupuncture, our therapists are certified and skilled in providing safe and effective dry needling treatments.