Youngsville Chiropractor

Dry NeedlingYoungsville, LA

Dry needling is an alternative treatment option that eases a patient's muscular pain and/or muscular stiffness, which hinders movement. Dry needling is also known as intramuscular stimulation. Some of the more common reasons why someone may be suffering from muscular pain and/or stiffness include being in a car accident, experiencing a sports-related injury and having a health issue that directly affects one's muscles.

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What is dry needling?

While dry needling is similar to acupuncture, they are two completely different treatment options. The reason why a health professional chooses dry needling is that it is specifically for reducing pain and reducing any soft tissue inflammation. Dry needling can also help to release any tension in the muscles that can cause varying degrees of pain.

The general goal of acupuncture is to redirect and reposition the flow of the body’s energy for better overall health. Patients who use acupuncture to treat their muscle pain are now looking into their dry needling treatment options instead.

How does dry needling work?

The dry needling treatment process requires us to insert a predetermined number of very fine needles into the patient’s skin. The reason why the procedure is known as dry needling is that the needles do not inject any fluids into the body. Instead, we strategically place the stainless steel needles into what are known as trigger points in the body.

We then accordingly insert the needles into the patient's muscle or tissue. This insertion works on the muscles by relaxing them and will need to stay in place anywhere between 20 and 30 minutes in order for the process to work.

Dry needling benefits

The reason why so many patients are now choosing dry needling when seeking relief from their muscular pain and/or stiffness is that it is a minimally invasive alternative treatment option that works. Dry needling benefits include a patient’s ability to experience relief from various degrees of muscular pain and/or muscular stiffness that often accompanies a sports injury or a health issue diagnosis, i.e. fibromyalgia.

Dry needling is a natural medicine choice. More and more patients are looking into their natural medicine options these days now that new and exciting alternative medicine options are becoming more readily available.

Non-surgical treatment options

Non-surgical treatment options are a beneficial choice for patients who are suffering from back and neck pain. While surgical options are available to treat this type of pain, surgery is an invasive treatment option that includes many risks. Surgery requires a patient to undergo surgery that includes its own complications, while also including a longer recovery time than alternative treatment options.

Non-surgical back and neck pain treatment options include:

  • Dry needling
  • Trigger point dry needling
  • Manual therapy (also known as massage therapy)
  • Physical therapy
  • Gentle exercising
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Prescribed medications
  • Acupuncture

Herniated disc treatment

According to the Laser Spine Institute, a herniated disc occurs when the inner material of a spinal disc pushes through the tough outer layer and extends into the spinal canal. Herniated discs can, therefore, cause a patient both inflammation and pain. The inflammation and pain only continue to get worse if they do not seek treatment for their herniated disc. A herniated disc treatment plan will often involve dry needling since many consider it to be a safe and efficient treatment option for herniated disc problems.

When we recommend dry needling to treat a patient's herniated discs a professional chiropractor will carefully and strategically place the dry needles into the inflamed muscle tissue. This process allows the muscle tissue to relax so much that the blood is able to once again flow properly through the area, an important part of the natural healing process.


A chiropractor is a health professional who has specific training to treat patients who are experiencing issues with their neuromusculoskeletal system. This requires them to be able to deal with nerve issues, muscle pain, bone problems as well as ligament and tendon issues. Chiropractors are known for their new and modern alternative treatment options, which is can help to treat multiple health issues.

The fact that dry needling can treat a number of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders means that this treatment is definitely worth considering. We can go over more details during an appointment. Call us today.

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Cajun Chiropractic and Rehab is located at:
2761 East Milton Avenue Suite B-4
Youngsville, LA

(337) 210-3399