Dry Needling Therapy
Reduce Pain, Improve Healing and Restore Normal Tissue Function
Physical Therapy – Dry Needling
Similar to acupuncture in some ways, the practice of dry needling involves the insertion of thin needles into your body’s trigger points, or hyper-irritated muscle tissue. This unique procedure specifically targets and restores muscle function, with an emphasis on the reduction of painful inflammation and improved circulation. This is important, as continued activity with poor muscle function may lead to further tissue damage and increased pain.
Dry needling is not meant to replace conventional medical procedures such as physical therapy or surgery. However, when combined with the Denver massage therapy options offered by the Center for Massage, it can be a powerful method to accelerate pain reduction, improve healing and restore normal tissue function.
A healthy solution for restoring injured soft tissue.
Unlike acupuncturists, who insert needles to alter the flow of energy along traditional Chinese meridians, our Denver dry needling therapists utilize a science-based treatment that promotes biomechanical and chemical changes within the muscle by utilizing the body’s own tissue healing and pain relief mechanisms.
When your body is injured, it replaces or repairs damaged tissue with new, healthy tissue. Denver dry needling therapists apply a very fine, solid filament needle the muscle causing a small, specific “injury,” or “lesion,” tricking your brain into thinking you have been injured, and initiating this healing sequence. This improves circulation and reduces inflammation in the affected area.
Needling a painful trigger point or muscular knot frequently provokes a “twitch” response from the muscle. This is both diagnostic and therapeutic, because healthy muscle tissue will not twitch when stimulated by the needle. As a result of these physiologic processes, dry needling can specifically address muscle, tendon, and myofascial pain and dysfunction.
A new, safe, low-cost therapy for musculoskeletal conditions, including:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder impingement
- Tennis elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Knee pain
- Shin splints
- Plantar fasciitis
- Low back pain
Dry needling can also be a safe means to improve physical performance in athletes, by reducing the everyday muscular stress that accumulates in the body with repetitive exercise. Dry needling has been so effective in reducing this type of stress that it has become a go-to stress reduction method for several NFL teams.
Denver dry needling promotes positive changes within the muscle, without the use of drugs.
Muscular stress increases the body’s energy consumption and reduces efficiency, negatively affecting physical performance. While pain pills may reduce pain, they are not a solution for restoring the function of injured soft tissue. When athletes use pain medication or steroid injections to suppress pain and resume training and competition, they risk further tissue damage and injury.
Dry needling has few side effects when performed by a trained practitioner, such as our dry needling massage therapist Elena Paskova. It can be effective by itself, but appears to work best when used with other conservative care options such as physical or massage therapy.
Try this exciting new method of treatment in combination with massage therapy today.
Call Elena Paskova PT, NCMT, RMT, at 303-777-1151 to schedule your appointment.