Dry Needling Specialist

The Athletes Clinic

Chiropractors located in Charlotte, NC

If you have pain in your muscles that doesn’t seem to end, dry needling is a therapy that can ease muscle tightness and relieve inflammation. Chiropractor Amanda Wiechens, DC, uses dry needling to treat back pain, shoulder pain, headaches, and other myofascial pain as part of a comprehensive treatment plan at The Athletes Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina. Schedule your consultation for dry needling by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.

Dry Needling Q&A

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is a therapeutic treatment for pain of various types, especially musculoskeletal pain. During dry needling at The Athletes Clinic, Dr. Wiechens locates painful or tight knots in your muscles called trigger points and inserts very fine microfilament needles directly into them. These needles have no medication in or on them.

Dry needling eases the tension in the targeted muscles and those around them. It also stimulates a healing response for tissue damage and inflammation in the area. After your treatment, you might experience an increased range of motion and a general sense of relief. 

What conditions does dry needling benefit?

Dry needling, especially when combined with other forms of therapy and rehabilitation, can significantly reduce many types of pain. The Athletes Clinic often uses dry needling, along with exercise, heat therapy, and other approaches, to ease muscle tension and discomfort from:

  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Hip pain
  • Neck pain
  • Knee pain
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction

If you’re curious to find out whether or not dry needling can benefit you, you should visit The Athletes Clinic for a treatment consultation. Dr. Wiechens can tell you if dry needling makes sense as part of your comprehensive treatment plan. 

What should I expect during dry needling?

At The Athletes Clinic, a dry needling session lasts for around 15 minutes, but the exact timing varies from person to person. 

The needles that Dr. Wiechens uses are fine enough that you won’t feel a lot of pain or discomfort when they penetrate your skin and tissues. You might experience a muscle twitch or even some aching, but these are signs that she’s reached the right point of entry. 

Dr. Wiechens determines how deep to place the needles and how long to keep them in your skin according to the type and severity of your pain. 

Once your dry needling session is over, you might experience a few mild side effects like bruising or tenderness. You experience the benefits within 24-48 hours of your treatment at The Athletes Clinic. You may notice a deeper squat, a higher reach, or other improvements in your mobility, along with a reduction in pain, muscle tightness, and scar tissue. 

Dry needling works remarkably well for common musculoskeletal injuries and pain near the joints. To schedule a one-on-one consultation for dry needling, call The Athletes Clinic or request an appointment online today.