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Dry Needling

Applying needle on backAlso called intramuscular stimulation, dry needling is used to stimulate myofascial trigger points. With this therapy, Dr. Lenz inserts fine, short stainless steel needles into the skin and muscle at trigger points to promote healing.

Dr. Lenz has Level 2 certification in dry needling so is highly proficient in providing this therapy.

Is It the Same as Acupuncture?

No. Although dry needling uses the same needles as acupuncture the therapies are different. Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that provides muscular pain relief through the release of endorphins, those “feel good” chemicals. With acupuncture, needles are inserted into specific points along the meridian lines.

Dry needling, however, is a modern Western technique that begins with inserting the solid filament needles around the trigger points. The goal of the therapy is to alleviate pain by de-activating the trigger points of the muscle cells.

Dry needling is used in conjunction with other therapies we provide at Springtime Health and Wellness.

Conditions It Can Help

Dry needling is beneficial for the following:

  • Disc issues
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Myofascial pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Sprains/strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Tight muscles
  • Whiplash

FAQ

Does dry needling hurt?

The prick you may experience from dry needling is different from an injection. In most cases, patients will hardly feel it. You may, however, have some discomfort during the insertion but the therapy is intended to provide long-term relief.

Are there any side effects?

You may experience minor bruising or bleeding and temporary soreness that may last for a few hours.

What kind of needles are used?

We use fine, sterile, single-use needles.

Is there anyone who shouldn’t have dry needling?

If you have an infection, you should not have dry needling until after the infection resolves entirely. Pregnant women and those who are afraid of needles should not get the therapy.

Book an Appointment

Contact our Madison practice today to schedule an appointment for dry needling.
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