Is it For Me?

Dry needling is virtually limitless in regards to the injuries and pathologies it can remedy. Most commonly associated with treating muscular conditions, the scope of dry needling extends greatly beyond this (see list below).  To restate from prior sections, dry needling is a natural ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​anti-inflammatory treatment --- thus, any soft tissue dysfunction that comprises inflammation can be positively affected by dry needling (hint: all soft tissue dysfunction has some form of underlying inflammation). 

The efficacy of dry needling depends on two factors: the health of the individual and the extent of the injury/pathology (both duration and severity of condition).  In essence, the healthier the individual, the fewer dry needling treatments required to attain maximal benefits that are long-lasting (from years to indefinite) -- think very healthy person with an acute injury. On the other hand, the less healthy the individual, the more treatments it will require to attain good to moderate pain relief that may last months and ultimately relapse -- think long-standing chronic pain for this group.  This is not a definite rule, but a general guideline based on amassed clinical results. 

For those individuals that are very active -- high school/collegiate/professional athlete, endurance athlete, bodybuilder, CrossFit fanatic, etc.  -- dry needling is an extremely effective tool.  It promotes significantly decreased recovery time and DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) between bouts of training and competition, thus greatly decreasing your risk for injury and allowing you to perform at a consistently higher level.  

Below is a comprehensive list, but is not limited to, the following soft tissue injuries:​
  • ACL injuries
  • Acute torticollis
  • Achilles tendinitis/rupture
  • Ankle sprain/strain/fracture
  • Arthritis 
  • Athlete's foot
  • Avulsion fracture
  • Biceps tendinitis 
  • Blisters
  • Brachial plexus injuries 
  • Bruises
  • Bursitis 
  • Calf strain/tear
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cervical disc injury
  • Cervical radiculitis
  • Cervical spine injuries
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Concussion
  • de Quervain tenosynovitis 
  • Disc herniation
  • Dislocations
  • Facet syndrome 
  • Fractures
  • Frostbite
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Golfer's elbow
  • Gout
  • Groin injuries 
  • Hamstring strain/tear
  • Headaches
  • Heel spur
  • Hip pointer
  • IT band syndrome 
  • Jaw pain
  • Joint pain
  • Joint separation 
  • Knee pain
  • Labral injuries (hip and shoulder)
  • ​Ligament sprains
  • Lower back pain
  • Lumbar spine injuries 
  • MCL injuries
  • Meniscal tear
  • Migraines
  • Muscle contusions
  • ​Muscle strains
  • Muscle tightness
  • Neck strain
  • Neuropathy (acute stages)
  • Numbness
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Overtraining syndrome
  • Overuse injuries 
  • Paresthesia
  • Patellar tendinitis 
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis 
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Posture-related pain 
  • Quadriceps contusion/strain/tear
  • Repetitive motion disorders
  • Rotator cuff injuries 
  • Runner's knee
  • Sacral pain
  • Sciatica 
  • Sinus infection
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Shoulder instability 
  • Shoulder pain
  • SI joint pain
  • Sports hernia
  • Stress fractures
  • Subluxation of joints
  • Sunburn
  • Swimmer's shoulder 
  • Tendinitis
  • Tendonopathies 
  • Tendon rupture
  • Tennis elbow
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Thoracic spine injuries
  • Thrower's elbow
  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Vertigo
  • Whiplash
  • Wrist injuries

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