Electric Dry Needling

Electric Dry Needling is the use of Dry Needling plus the power of Electrical Stimulation.

Dry Needling is the insertion of an acupuncture needle into a trigger point or muscle knot to help break up the adhesion. This powerful method is used by many different practitioners but adding a small electrical current which helps the muscle contract and relax. This microcurrent also helps stimulate both large and small sensory nerve fibers which floods the area with opioids, endorphins, and ATP (energy). The combination of Medical Acupuncture application of Dry Needling plus the addition of a specific electrical current through the muscle knot helps actin and myocin filaments contract and release.

Trigger points occur when a muscle is trying to hold and stabilize itself either because it is weak, injured, or overworked. Trigger points often occur in athletes or people who have muscle imbalances and cause a great deal of pain. Often trigger points cause distending pain which is pain located in areas other than where the trigger point is, except when it is pressed on. A good test for a trigger point is, if you suspect it is causing a problem, to squeeze the suspected muscle knot. If it is painful when you press on the muscle knot, and the pain travels to another location, it is likely that is a trigger point.

The needle is a powerful tool which can be used both as a scapula to slice up the trigger point, and as a metal conductor to help the surrounding nerves stimulate pain relieving substrates (opioids and endoprhins) from the brain.

Dr. Fick specializes in Medical Acupuncture and is an expert at Dry Needling. She has some of the best training in the world for needle techniques - she studied under Dr. Wang in NanJing, China. Although Dry Needling can be slightly uncomfortable, Dr. Fick's needle technique is superb.

Frequently Asked Questions about Electric Dry Needling

What is the difference between Acupunture and Dry Needling?
Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into many different areas of the body. Medical Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific nerves throughout the body. Dry Needling is using a needle to break up a muscle knot. A combination of all three can be used.
My Physical Therapist suggested I get Dry Needling, but I am not sure I should do it

Dry Needling can legally be admistered by a Licensed Acpuncturist, a Physical Therapist, or Medical Doctor. Each must have special training to do so. We suggest you find someone who is trained appropriately and you feel comfortable with.

In 2017 a lawsuit was drawn in the state of Colorado between Acupuncturists and Physical Therapist over Dry Needling. The court ruled that Physical Therapists, who are trained, have the right to practice Dry Needling.

At Evergreen Medical Acupuncture, LLC we have no problem if you decide to recieve Dry Needling from another practitioner. Although Dr. Fick has much more expirience handling needles than most practitioners she finds her patients who recieve a complete balance of care do very well.

Is Dry Needling safe?

Yes! Dry Needling is a more invasive procedure than just plain Acupuncture because the goal is be invasive! The two are not the same. Dry Needling can be uncomfortable for a few seconds, however, once the procrdure is complete most patients feel a great relief.

We practice extra safety measures including needling WITHOUT gloves - Yes, because with gloves you have less control over the needle, more mistakes happen, you cannot feel what you are needling into as well, and it still doesn't protect from mistaken needle-sticks. We also use betadine in areas where we get closer to areas that are prone to infection. And all acupuncturists are certifed in Clean Needle Technique which is a certification required to pass for all Licensed Acupuncturists. Other practitioners who administer Dry Needling do not have to pass this course.

Does Dry Needling hurt?
No! It feels like a deep tissue massage ("hurt-so-good") for a few seconds while the muscle contracts. Once the electricity is applied a rush of endorphins enters the muscle and most patients feel much better!
How many sessions will it take to break up a trigger point?
We suggest at least 5 sessions within one month to help a trigger point break up for good. Some patients need more, and some need less. It is always recommended to follow any requests as far as stretching or exercise to help the trigger point from not coming back.
Is the electrical current safe?
Yes! We will never use eletricity over the heart or directly on an artifical limb or device. The microcurrent used is one millioneth of an ampere (one ampere lights a light bulb). It is a very small current that helps tell the brain to stimulate more pain relieving substrates into the muscle. The current feels like a "tap" in the muscle, not like a "zing" or eletricity. It feels really good!

Evergreen Medical Acupuncture

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