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Common Myths About Dry Needling

March 17th, 2020 by Synergy Admin

The primary goal of dry needling is to relieve pain in the muscles, as well as muscle soreness and cramping. The treatment is great for athletes needing relief from muscle soreness, those experiencing chronic muscle pain, and those experiencing pain from migraines. This trigger point therapy uses small, thin needles known as filiform needles to resolve pain and soreness. Dry needling treatments increase blood flow, muscle relief, flexibility, and allow athletes quicker recovery. Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ would like to debunk a few myths on behalf of this innovative trigger point therapy that is dry needling:

dry needling, pain relief, muscle relief, trigger point therapy, chiropractic careDry needling is the same as acupuncture

This myth is probably the most popular one—many people believe that dry needling and acupuncture are virtually the same thing. However, the only similarity between the two are the needles involved. Acupuncture is an old Eastern medicine tradition used to relieve pain, discomfort, and restore chi or a person’s energy flow. Dry needling is a newer Western medicine treatment. The objective of dry needling is to resolve muscle pain and discomfort through the identification and treatment of trigger points.

Dry needling is extremely painful

Many seeking pain relief may dismiss dry needling because the image of being poked and prodded by needles can seem more pain inducing than relieving. However, the filiform needles used in dry needling treatments are rarely felt during the session. You can trust that our providers are certified and well-trained. The amount of relief you will feel will far outweigh the discomfort that you experience.

Dry needling is only for athletes

It is true that dry needling is often used to relieve muscle tension and increase flexibility in athletes. However, dry needling can relieve a host of aches and pains in the average person as well. This treatment not only relieves muscle tension and inflammation—additionally, it helps improve conditions such as osteoarthritis, migraines, and fibromyalgia. 

You can’t exercise after a dry needling treatment

It is usually safe to exercise after a dry needling treatment. However, if you are experiencing minor soreness or discomfort, you may need to wait. Every person responds to treatments differently. You will need to communicate with your provider to learn exactly when it is best to exercise after your treatment.

If you are looking for relief from pain or muscle soreness, dry needling may be able to help. Feel free to contact us at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ at 404.352.8900 to schedule a consultation. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.