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Dry Needling

At our chiropractic clinic in New Braunfels, we offer dry needling as a safe and effective way to treat various musculoskeletal issues. Our experienced chiropractor will insert thin, sterile needles into trigger points to release muscle tension and pain. You’ll be amazed at how this technique can improve your mobility and overall well-being.

Dry needling in New Braunfe.s, TX
Dry needling in New Braunfe.s, TX

What is dry needling? 

Dry needling is a minimally invasive procedure that relieves musculoskeletal pain and mobility problems.  During treatment, your Elite Chiropractic & Wellness provider inserts a series of sharp, thin needles into trigger points (tight knots of muscle). Piercing the trigger points relieves tension, increases blood flow, and relieves pain.

How does dry needling work?

Although the exact mechanisms of dry needling are not known, the technique has demonstrated both mechanical and biochemical effects. Pioneering studies by Dr. Jay Shah and his colleagues at the National Institutes of Health have shown that inserting a needle into trigger points can cause favorable biochemical change that can assist in reducing chronic pain issues. Trigger points are known to have abnormal electrical activity and are surrounded by numerous chemicals known to cause inflammation. Research has shown that when a needle is successfully inserted into a trigger point and generates a local twitch response, over time, it can return the electrical and chemical environment within the muscle to its normal, relaxed state. Deactivated trigger points draw white blood cells and plasma cells into the area and create a healing response. Clinically, we see improved muscle length, strength, flexibility and a corresponding decrease in pain with our patients following dry needling treatment.

What types of problems can dry needling treat?

The Elite Chiropractic & Wellness team uses dry needling to treat various musculoskeletal problems, including:

  • TMJ Pain

  • Joint issues

  • Intervertebral disc issues

  • Migraine and tension headaches

  • Whiplash

  • Repetitive strain injuries (e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome)

  • Spinal issues

  • Tendinitis

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