Dry Needling is the process of using a thin needle inserted into a trigger point to relieve a contraction within a muscle.
Chiropractic Dry Needling in Kansas City
Chiropractic Dry Needling
Chiropractic Dry Needling is a manual, therapeutic technique aimed at healing dysfunctional muscle tissue in the body. Using a thin needle, such as those used in acupuncture, our chiropractors can pierce the skin and target a myofascial trigger point (taut band of tissue). This provokes an involuntary twitch response and a variety of biochemical reactions, which reduces tension in the muscle and helps restore normal function. If you’re having trouble with muscle pain or function, dry needling in Kansas City may be able to help!
What It Treats
Chiropractic Dry Needling in Kansas City can help reduce or even eliminate musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain associated with, but not limited to:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Jaw pain
- Shoulder pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Knee pain
- Tennis elbow
- Shin splints
- Little leaguers elbow
- Nerve entrapments
How Dry Needling Works
When targeted at an active trigger point, dry needling can prompt a variety of physiological processes. The body’s classic response to dry needling is called a local twitch response (LTR). An LTR is an involuntary reflex or twitch within the tight and adhered tissue.
The Dry Needling process works by interrupting the improper communication at the motor-end plates of your muscle(s). This allows the muscles and the brain to essentially “relearn” how to communicate. Once we re-establish this communication, your joint can return to its proper position and motion to alleviate pain.
In addition, Chiropractic Dry Needling in Kansas City improves circulation to the site of trauma, allowing us to restore normal blood flow and oxygen to the area. It also raises the pH level of the area to that of a normal value, thereby reducing local inflammation and promoting healing.
When it comes to modulating pain, Dry Needling can decrease nociceptive input (pain) and biochemical agents along with activation of higher centers of the brain. This is a direct result of the mechanical stimulation from the needle.
How F.I.T. Uses Dry Needling
F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic utilizes Dry Needling for a variety of conditions. With any injury to the body, there is inflammation and a cascade of events that can lead to taut bands of muscles and trigger points. Once these trigger points are formed, the entire muscle and chain of muscles become dysfunctional.
The chiropractors at F.I.T. use Dry Needling to restore proper muscle length. We supplement all Dry Needling in Kansas City with rehab exercises to retrain the injured area and re-establish full function.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Dry Needling the same as acupuncture?
Although both utilize similar size needles, Dry Needling and Acupuncture are different techniques that serve different purposes in the healing process.
Is Dry Needling safe?
The chiropractors at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic value your safety and well-being and would not offer a procedure unless it was in your best interest. However, there are risks associated with Dry Needling in Kansas City, just as there are with any medical procedure. Feel free to give us a call and one of our providers will be happy to discuss the risks and benefits of Dry Needling with you.
Does Dry Needling hurt?
The majority of our KC patients do not describe Dry Needling as painful. Rather, they report it feels uncomfortable—not from the needle itself, but from the muscular contraction associated with the necessary twitch response.
Is Dry Needling right for you?
Take a couple of minutes to tell us about your symptoms and pain areas. Prefer to chat over the phone? Call us for a free phone consultation.
Visit your local F.I.T.
Meet the team at any of our 5 locations: Lee’s Summit, Crossroads, Blue Valley, Overland Park & Shawnee.