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Functional Dry Needling

Suppose you are a Colorado Springs, CO resident who needs holistic, non-addictive therapy as part of your injury rehabilitation strategy or to reduce your pain. In that case, Dr. Chuck Turkowski and his team at Simply Chiropractic are on hand to offer expert chiropractic care, including dry needling.

What Is Dry Needling?

The first thing you ought to know is that acupuncture and dry needling are not the same things. They both use very fine metallic needles, and both chiropractic techniques require needles to be inserted below the skin, but that is where the similarity ends.

Dry needling is decades-old and focuses on stimulating the muscles or trigger points to ease the pain. Needles are inserted into the muscle or tissue to relieve or release the muscular knot, which lessens the muscle pain or spasm you are experiencing. This technique is minimally invasive.

What Is Dry Needling Used For? 

Dry needling is used by chiropractors and physical therapists to assist in the rehabilitation of injuries and the treatment of neck, back, and shoulder-related pain. The aim is to relieve the pain you are experiencing and improve mobility and function. All of this contributes to an overall improvement in your quality of life.

It is important to note that the skill of a practitioner like Dr. Turkowski at Simply Chiropractic affects the overall effectiveness of dry needling.

What to Expect During a Dry Needling Appointment?

If you think you might be nervous before a dry needling appointment, it helps to know what to expect, and while every patient is different, the appointment should go something like this.

  • You will be assessed to determine whether dry needling is an appropriate treatment option for you and what chiropractic techniques will be most suitable for your condition.
  • The process will be explained to you to determine whether you would be open to treatment. Many people don’t like needles, so this step is essential.
  • You will be required to complete the consent forms
  • The actual treatment should last approximately 15 minutes, and it will be performed in a therapy room or private area. You will likely need to adjust your clothing to allow access to the area being treated.
  • There are different dry needling techniques, and the method will vary based on your individual needs.

What to Expect After a Dry Needling Appointment?

You may experience some muscle soreness and bruises, with the latter lasting up to a week. If you have concerns, do not hesitate to contact your therapist.

Conditions Treatable with Dry Needling

Functional dry needling can treat more than just general muscle pain. Some severe physical conditions that can be effectively treated with dry needling are:

  • Acute pain
  • Neck and back pain
  • Headache
  • Knee and calf pain
  • Rehab from injury
  • Sciatica
  • Whiplash
  • Tendinitis
  • Myofascial pain and stiffness
  • Plantar fasciitis

The effectiveness of dry needling entirely depends on the skill of the therapist. The technique, knowledge of anatomy, and efficiency in finding the trigger points are the key skills to master dry needling.

At Simply Chiropractic, we have a fully licensed expert. So, give us a call and visit our office so we may suggest the best treatment option for your physical ailments.

Note: Dry needling is by appointment only, and the cost is $40 per session per body region.

Give us a call at 720-400-6337, and we will book the earliest possible appointment for you!

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