Dry Needling Therapy in Chapel Hill, NC
Inserting needles into specific areas of the body has been used in medicine for millennia. We still do not know exactly how this treatment works, but one theory behind dry needling therapy is that causing a micro-injury to an area kick-starts a process that helps heal injured muscles, nerves, and ligaments.
Dry needling therapy can augment the therapeutic benefits of hands-on manipulation. Because the needles used are smaller and smoother than hypodermic needles, the procedure can be less painful than an injection. Typically, the needles are inserted into the appropriate areas, manipulated, and then withdrawn minimizing discomfort.
Although dry needling can be incredibly effective on its own, we will sometimes utilize electrical stimulation (e-stim) to augment its effects. Adding e-stim is particularly beneficial when treating pain or when trying to activate muscles that are not firing well. Electrical stimulation is well-tolerated, and most patients do not experience any significant discomfort. During stimulation, a twitch and buzzing sensation are often felt. After treatment, the targeted area may feel a bit sore, as if it just had a workout.
Why Try Dry Needling?
Dry needling therapy is less invasive than injections or surgery but can provide similar results. Dry needling therapy can help:
- Improve muscle function
- Treat trigger points
- Decrease pain
- Encourage healing
- Augment hands-on treatments
What Should I Do After My Treatment?
It is highly recommended to drink plenty of water for the next 24 hours after dry needling. This helps avoid or reduce soreness. After dry needling treatment, please try the following below. Also, please note that if it hurts or makes your symptoms worse, stop the activity.
- Work out and/or stretch.
- Continue normal physical activity.
- Lightly massage the area.
- Use ice for soreness.
- If you have prescription medications, continue to take them as prescribed.
For more information about dry needle therapy as well as how it can be beneficial for your body, please be sure to contact us today!
What Our Patients Say
“I was having severe hip pain as a result of running on the treadmill. After just one visit, Dr. Hennenhoefer was able to not only relieve my pain, but also get to the root of my problem. I required no further treatment to my hip after this visit. Since then, I have seen Dr. Hennenhoefer for other musculoskeletal problems, including neck pain, back pain, and headaches. He has taken great care of me each time! I am so thankful to Dr. Hennenhoefer for helping me get better!” – Monika M.