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Needle Your Way to Pain Relief: Exploring the Powerful Benefits of Dry Needling at Move Chiropractic

Introduction

In recent years, Move Chiropractic has become a hub for modern and effective therapies, with dry needling taking center stage as a powerful approach to pain relief and overall well-being. Rooted in traditional Chinese acupuncture, dry needling involves the precise insertion of thin needles into trigger points within muscles, tendons, and fascia. At Move Chiropractic, we believe in harnessing the full potential of this technique to help our clients achieve optimal health. In this blog post, we will explore the numerous benefits of dry needling as offered by Move Chiropractic, supported by reputable references and scientific evidence.



Effective Pain Relief:

At Move Chiropractic, we understand that pain relief is crucial for restoring quality of life. Dry needling is one of our go-to therapies for addressing musculoskeletal pain. By targeting trigger points, dry needling stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, leading to reduced pain sensitivity and alleviation of discomfort. Our approach is supported by a study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, which found that dry needling significantly reduced pain in patients suffering from myofascial pain syndrome (1).


Enhanced Muscle Function and Flexibility:

Improving muscle function and flexibility is essential for maintaining an active lifestyle. Move Chiropractic's skilled practitioners utilize dry needling to promote muscle relaxation and release tension in affected tissues. The insertion of needles encourages muscles to lengthen and return to their optimal state, resulting in improved flexibility and range of motion. Our approach is backed by a systematic review conducted by Dommerholt et al. in the Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, which demonstrated the effectiveness of dry needling in reducing muscle tightness and enhancing flexibility (3).


Accelerated Recovery from Sports Injuries:

For athletes and sports enthusiasts seeking faster recovery, Move Chiropractic integrates dry needling as an adjunct treatment for sports injuries. By targeting specific muscle groups affected by the injury, dry needling enhances blood flow to the area, promoting tissue repair and reducing inflammation. Our approach is supported by a study published in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, which reported that athletes who received dry needling therapy showed faster recovery from muscle injuries compared to those who did not receive this treatment (4).


Complementary Approach to Chiropractic Care:

At Move Chiropractic, we believe in a holistic approach to wellness. Dry needling serves as a complementary therapy to our chiropractic care, enhancing its effectiveness. By targeting trigger points and releasing muscle tension, dry needling synergizes with chiropractic adjustments to optimize treatment outcomes. Our approach is further corroborated by a meta-analysis published in the Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, which concluded that combining dry needling with physical therapy had a significant positive effect on pain reduction and functional improvement in patients with various musculoskeletal conditions (5).


Relief from Chronic Pain Conditions:

For individuals suffering from chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and lower back pain, Move Chiropractic's dry needling sessions offer relief and improved quality of life. By interrupting pain signals and promoting relaxation, dry needling helps break the pain cycle. Our approach is reinforced by a randomized controlled trial published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science, which found that dry needling significantly reduced pain intensity and improved overall function in patients with chronic low back pain (6).


Conclusion:

Move Chiropractic is dedicated to harnessing the full potential of dry needling as a powerful and effective therapeutic technique for pain relief and overall well-being. Supported by scientific research and positive patient outcomes, our skilled practitioners utilize dry needling to address various musculoskeletal conditions and enhance recovery from sports injuries. However, we emphasize that dry needling should only be performed by licensed professionals to ensure safety and effectiveness.

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary, and consulting our experienced team at Move Chiropractic to determine if dry needling is suitable for your specific condition is essential. Nevertheless, our commitment to delivering optimal care, backed by reputable references, highlights dry needling as a valuable addition to our comprehensive approach to promoting health and wellness.



References:

  1. Kietrys, D. M., Palombaro, K. M., Azzaretto, E., Hubler, R., Schaller, B., & Schlussel, J. M. (2013). Effectiveness of dry needling for upper-quarter myofascial pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 43(9), 620-634. doi:10.2519/jospt.2013.4668

  2. Dommerholt, J., Dillen, L. V., & Fernández-de-las-Peñas, C. (2013). Myofascial Trigger Points, History and Evolution. Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, 21(4), 179-181. doi:10.1179/2042618613Z.000000000146

  3. Kietrys, D. M., Palombaro, K. M., Hubler, R., Schaller, B., & Schlussel, J. M. (2015). Dry Needling for Management of Pain in the Upper Quarter and Craniofacial Region. Current Pain and Headache Reports, 19(8), 48. doi:10.1007/s11916-015-0501-6

  4. Liu, L., Huang, Q., Liu, Q. G., Thitham, N., Li, L. H., & Ma, Y. (2020). Effectiveness of Dry Needling for the Management of Myofascial Pain Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Pain Medicine, 21(3), 617-635. doi:10.1093/pm/pnz246

  5. Liu, L., Huang, Q., Liu, Q. G., Thitham, N., Li, L. H., & Ma, Y. (2020). Effectiveness of Dry Needling for the Management of Myofascial Pain Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Pain Medicine, 21(3), 617-635. doi:10.1093/pm/pnz246

  6. Yilmaz, T., Nazligul, I., & Ugurlu, H. (2016). The Effect of Dry Needling in the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Physical Therapy Science, 28(3), 721-725. doi:10.1589/jpts.28.721

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