Although there are many situations where dry needling can help your muscle and joint injuries, in this content I’ll specifically discuss 3 reasons to try dry needling for low back pain. If you’re experiencing low back pain, I’ll answer some of your questions and show you how:

  • Dry Needling for low back pain provides relief
  • Dry Needling can restore motion and improve function
  • Dry needling can encourage a healing response

If you’re interested in trying dry needling, our doctors of chiropractic provide dry needling for low back pain in Cary, NC. 

1. Dry Needling For Low Back Pain Provides Relief

The most common reason our chiropractors recommend dry needling for low back pain is that it often relieves low back pain the quickest. Whether you’re experiencing acute low back pain or chronic low back pain, if you haven’t tried dry needling yet, you may be missing out on an effective treatment strategy.

Here’s what a study in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science said about dry needling for low back pain:

“Dry needling can be an effective treatment for reducing pain, number of trigger points, sensitivity, and kinesiophobia in patients with chronic low-back pain caused by lumbar disc hernia.”

The effectiveness of dry needling versus a classical physiotherapy program in patients with chronic low-back pain: a single-blind, randomized, controlled trial. <– You can read more about how they studied dry needling for low back pain here!

Depending on how severe your case of low back pain, other treatment options (like chiropractic adjustments and rehab exercises) may not be tolerated initially. It can be difficult for you to move into specific positions and make specific movements that are required for those therapies. In contrast, dry needling for low back pain relief allows you to relax and lay rather still during treatment, whether that’s laying face down or on your side.

Our chiropractors utilize dry needling for low back pain in Cary NC along with an individualized stretching and corrective exercise rehab program to get you as much relief as soon as possible. As your pain decreases, dry needling for low back pain may not be needed as much and the focus will shift to stretching and strengthening the muscles in your low back, core, and hips.

2. Dry Needling Can Restore Motion and Improve Function

If you’re having an acute episode of low back pain you probably feel like it’s hard to move, at least in some directions like bending forward. You also may find it difficult to do things like sit, bend over, or walk, are typically easy. 

Maybe you’ve been struggling with low back pain for longer, and have tried other treatments that didn’t give you much relief. Generally, when you’ve had low back pain for a while you’ll lose range of motion and your spinal joints and muscles will stiffen up. This may lead you to avoid certain activities that you could do before because of fear of aggravating your low back.

I see acute and chronic low back pain conditions like this every day in practice, and often I’ll use dry needling as a strategy to restore normal range of motion. As we improve motion with dry needling, it allows you to get back doing normal activities that previously caused you pain. For some patients, this is as simple as being able to bend over to tie their shoes.

I also use dry needling for athletes when they have low back pain. Since dry needling shows immediate improvements in range of motion, it allows them to return to competing at a high level quicker. 

This is a great piece of content about dry needling, and shows a number of before and after videos of dry needling for low back pain where you can see immediate results! –> Dry Needling is the Next Big Thing In Physical Therapy


3. Dry Needling Can Encourage a Healing Response

One of the best reasons to use dry needling for low back pain is that it may encourage the injury to heal. Low back dry needling addresses myofascial trigger points, commonly referred to as “knots.” These low back trigger points cause tightness and pain in the low back that contribute to the condition. 

One of the things we know about trigger points is that the muscle fibers are not getting good blood full, and therefore not getting sufficient oxygen supply. Dry needling for low back pain increases blood flow to the muscle fibers in the area of needling, and also promotes increased tissue repair.

If you’re interested in dry needling for other conditions, read some more of my articles on these topics here:

–> Dry Needling for Neck Pain Relief

–> Why Trapezius Dry Needling is the Key to Your Neck Pain

–> Dry Needling for Upper Trapezius Pain

–> Dry Needling for SI Joint Pain

You can see all of my dry needling content here –> Dry Needling Articles

Dr. Jason Williams DC is a chiropractic physician practicing at AccessHealth Chiropractic in Cary, NC. He treats neuromusculoskeletal pain and injuries using chiropractic manipulation, dry needling, acupuncture, rehab exercise strategies, and other supportive therapies. Primary areas of focus include back pain, neck pain, muscular pain, extremity pain, and orthopedic injuries. Dr. Williams is experienced in treating athletes, especially those in the CrossFit, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and MMA community.

If you’re interested in whether he or another AccessHealth provider can help you, navigate to our contact page or follow this link to request an appointment.