Dry Needling in Cary

Our clinic offers dry needling at our Cary chiropractic office to relieve pain, reduce trigger points, and improve movement and function. Dry needling is an excellent therapy in conjunction with other services our chiropractic physicians offer and is especially effective for treating soft tissue injuries and discomfort. Dry needling is also commonly called trigger point needling and intramuscular manual therapy. The “dry” portion refers to the fact that the needles are solid and there is no medication being injected.

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling involves insertion of solid acupuncture needles into the muscle or fascia below the skin. Although the needles are the same as those used in acupuncture, the treatment strategy is different. The purpose of dry needling is to reduce trigger points, taut bands of muscle fibers that can cause pain, poor function of the muscle or tissue, and other symptoms such as poor range of motion and headaches. When your physician inserts a needle into a trigger point, it often results in a local muscle twitch response, followed by a release of the taut band of tissue.

Chiropractors who Perform Dry Needling

Not all chiropractors use needling techniques at their offices. Some chiropractors perform acupuncture¬†but don’t utilize dry needling techniques, and many chiropractors don’t use needling at all. Although dry needling is fairly “new” it’s beginning to become more common in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, especially in physical therapists. The biggest reason many chiropractors don’t utilize dry needling techniques is that it takes extra training and education to learn the techniques. Dr. Jason Williams has 200 hours in classical acupuncture and another 27-hour certification in dry needling. Becuase he’s certified in classical acupuncture as well, he has more education and experience using needling as a treatment than most “dry needling only” providers. His experience in both also allows him to use a combination of dry needling and acupuncture together to achieve better treatment outcomes.

What Can Dry Needling Treat?

Dry needling is effective at treating neuromusculoskeletal injuries that have a soft tissue component. Essentially, it can treat most of the same injuries and pain that chiropractic adjustments and other therapies are used for. It’s not only effective for injuries but can also help relieve muscular tension, “knots” in the muscle, and some athletes feel it improves their recovery time and performance. If you’re curious about dry needling, feel free to call our Cary chiropractic office and ask our physicians if it would be an appropriate treatment for you.