Things to Think About When Adding Dry Needling to Your Chiropractic Care

by | Apr 23, 2019

Did you know that Ali offers Dry Needling treatments? Chat to her or Ed if you think it might be right for you! In the meantime, here are some of the basic things to consider…

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling, also known as Intra Muscular Stimulation (IMS) is a process which involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into muscles in order to alleviate pain and stimulate healing. Generally this technique is used in the treatment of injuries and their associated pain. The filiform needle is inserted directly into the myofacial trigger point which acts to increase circulation and thus speed up the repair of the surrounding tissue.

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What is a Trigger Point?

A trigger point is an area of muscle which has been over exerted, this area is commonly referred to as a knot. Patients will find that the pain is localised around this area.  Dry Needling acts to release this knot. The needle insertion will have some what of an anaesthetic effect on the trigger point and is therefore a useful method of pain relief.

What’s the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

The difference between the two modalities lies mostly in the philosophy behind the two. Dry needling focuses on pin pointing areas in the muscle with increased tension and is based on modern western science. In contrast acupuncture focuses more on the energistic principals outlined in Chinese Traditional Medicine and will act to promote the correct flow of energy throughout the body. The two approaches differ most significantly in there different choice of placement of the needles for the same condition. Furthermore dry needling focuses only on physiological conditions, where as acupuncture can be used for emotional as well as physical conditions.

Does Dry Needling hurt?

Generally Dry Needling is pain free. The needles used are extremely thin and when inserted properly should barely be felt. Patients may report a slight twitch response upon insertion which can cause a moment of tingling, or a reproduction of the pain they are experiencing in that muscle.

How could Dry Needling help my chiropractic treatment?

Dry Needling is a useful addition to your chiropractic care if you are dealing with long-term muscular pain. Sometimes the peripheral nerves aren’t communicating correctly, so this can help to re-calibrate what your nervous system is telling your muscles.

We want you to have everything you need to be well. Ali is highly trained and enjoys seeing the benefits of dry needling alongside her chiropractic care. Ask us about it next time you’re in!


Dry Needling in the Management of Musculoskeletal Pain (2010)

Dry Needling – Peripheral and Central Considerations (2011)

About the Author Dr Edward Roper

Ed has been practicing in Tauranga since 2009, and established Precision Chiropractic in 2012. Prior to this, Ed spent several years in a chiropractic practice in Albany, Auckland.

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