At least 85% of the population will suffer from some sort of neck pain during their lifetime. When you are dealing with neck pain, the muscles can be sore to the touch, and it is common to have limited mobility and consistent pain throughout the day. Failure to treat neck pain can lead to pain in other areas of the body. Quite often hard knots will form, which can lead to additional pain that is consistent. Using dry needling, we can target these knots, which are called trigger points, and reduce the pain while improving mobility.
Neck Pain and Dry Needling
Dry needling is a treatment used to stimulate a trigger point. A small filament needle is gently inserted into the trigger point, helping the tight muscle bands to relax. If you have ongoing neck pain and limited mobility as a result, dry needling for patients with neck pain has been found to be an effective treatment.
Researching Dry Needling
Several research studies have been conducted pertaining to dry needling and it’s ability to provide long-term relief for muscle pain. Several studies have shown that patients who receive dry needling see an immediate decrease in pain, and within a week after their appointment, more than 65% of participants reported no pain. Dry needling does relax the tight muscles, allowing patients that ability to bend their heads forward and backwards, while also turning side to side without painful stretching of the neck muscles.
Dry Needling Appointments
Our clients often find that dry needling is one of the best treatment methods to help decrease pain and improve motion. Combining dry needling with other treatments and at-home therapy, we find that patients are able to manage their neck pain effectively. Our goal is to help our patients see improvements in their overall health, allowing you to perform your day-to-day functions without pain and limitation.
What’s Behind Your Pain?
If you are suffering from neck pain, you need to look at your lifestyle habits that could be leading to neck pain. Quite often we see patients in our Mountain Green and Layton physical therapy offices dealing with poor posture. In today’s world, people are sitting in front of computers for 10-12 hours a day, in a position of bad posture.
If you are dealing with long hours of repetitive movement, you can quickly see problems arise with your neck, shoulders, and back. If you aren’t sure what is causing you to have neck pain, contact our physical therapy office to schedule a consultation. Our experts will work with you to evaluate lifestyle factors that could be behind your problem. We often find patients deal with a number of issues that cause pain throughout the body including:
- Poor Posture
- No Exercise
- Spine Degeneration
- Muscle Imbalance
- Mis-aligned spine
- Whiplash (injuries sustained in an auto crash)
- Muscle strain related to sports or motion activity
- Improper sleep
Identifying the source of your pain will make finding an effective treatment easier. If you are tired of chronic neck pain, contact our office to discuss dry needling for neck pain, and find out how it will get you back to the game of life!