Chiropractic Center of Erie patient receiving dry needling treatment by Dr. Dave

Dry Needling Benefits

First of all, let’s address the elephant in the room. We know Dry Needling sounds scary and painful. Despite its scary name, however, many patients benefit from this often overlooked therapy. Not only are the benefits of Dry Needling outstanding, our patients often report no pain and very minimal discomfort during treatment. The “Dry” part of the name simply means that instead of injecting something into a patient, the needles contain no medicine or fluid at all. They are similar to acupuncture needles and their benefits are far more accessible for patients than “wet” needles.

WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING?

Mayo Clinic describes Dry Needling as “a treatment performed by skilled, trained physical therapists, certified in the procedure. A thin monofilament needle penetrates the skin and treats underlying muscular trigger points for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.” In more simple terms a very small and thin needle is inserted to target trigger points in the body to send relief to areas of the body that need it quickly. While Dry Needling therapy is often performed by a physical therapist, Dr. Dave earned his certification in Dry Needling to better serve patients in Erie, Longmont, and all surrounding areas. He was one of the first 15 practitioners in the world to earn the Structure and Function Dry Needling (SFDN) degree. The SFDN is earned by completing a rigorous education program. A major staple of the training teaches practitioners how to avoid pain fibers and get down to the muscles when inserting the needle. Several patients have had to ask whether the needle was even inserted at all!

WHAT CAN DRY NEEDLING TREAT?

Dry Needling relieves muscle stiffness, soreness, tension, and metabolic waste chemicals. It causes increased blood flow and oxygen to a targeted area and flushes away harmful toxins that develop in stiff and sore areas that the body tries to protect. Essentially, Dry Needling is like calling 911 to an address for an emergency. The needle acts as the phone call alerting the brain that there is a problem at a specific site or address in the body. The brain and body react by focusing healing into the area with the lesion.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DRY NEEDLING?

  1. Pain Relief

    While counterintuitive based on the idea of having needles inserted, Dry Needling sends quick pain relief to patients that have chronic pain in their muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and more.

  2. Increased Mobility

    Many afflictions and chronic pain cause patients to lose mobility over time. This begins with the initial pain and the problem grows over time because the muscles tighten due to lack of use. Dry Needling increases the blood flow to an area and alleviates the soreness and stiffness. This allows patients to get back to their physical activities more quickly.

  3. Faster Recovery Time

    The body often responds to an injury by flooding the impacted area with metabolic waste to protect it from further damage. Metabolic waste is another term for chemicals left behind from metabolic processes. This waste includes lactic acid which causes the soreness and stiffness many athletes and injured patients are accustomed to. By targeting trigger points in the body and increasing blood flow and oxygen to these areas, we can eliminate the waste so patients can focus on their active recovery.

WHEN TO CONSIDER DRY NEEDLING?

Patients should consider Dry Needling if they experience chronic pain, stiffness, or soreness. It’s also a great option for athletes who have been injured and are looking to improve their recovery time. Another great reason to consider Dry Needling is if your normal treatment and recovery have reached a plateau. Patients often find they can push through this plateau or speed up their recovery by utilizing the benefits of Dry Needling. It’s important to note that Dry Needling attaches to an existing treatment plan and should only be performed by a certified practitioner.

SUMMARY

While dry needling sounds scary and painful it’s actually growing in popularity throughout the world due to its incredible benefits. Not only do most patients feel no pain, it helps patients get pain relief, increase their mobility, and recover from injury faster. All this is done holistically and requires no surgery, medication, or otherwise. It’s a scientific practice that utilizes the body’s own response mechanisms to work more efficiently for the patient. If you’re interested in learning more about Dry Needling check out our dedicated service page here. If you’d like to schedule your consultation for Dry Needling treatment, contact us online or give us a call at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950.

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Chiropractic Treatment Process

Many places on the web will tell you that the chiropractic treatment process is a combination of art and science. Put simply, we believe art and science shouldn’t be restricted to a single discipline only. Chiropractors should utilize methods from a variety of successful sources proven by science. While our staff love the arts, we believe that when it comes to your health you should trust science backed by data and research. That’s our philosophy at the Chiropractic Centers of Erie and Longmont, to use scientifically proven treatment methods. In this way, we ensure you get the short-term pain relief and long-term health benefits of a properly aligned body. This article will detail how our treatment process maximizes the benefits of different approaches by combining multiple treatment methods instead of focusing strictly on any singular treatment. Before we dive into that we want to answer the question that many patients ask us for their first visit.

WHAT DO CHIROPRACTORS DO?

Put simply, chiropractors help patients with a variety of health conditions holistically by manipulating the spine and other areas of the body to be in proper alignment which opens the nerve pathways between the vertebrae to an optimum degree. Many ailments, aches, and pains can be helped by ensuring the body remains properly aligned. Proper alignment in the body helps the major systems in your body perform at their best. The digestive system, respiratory system, nervous system, immune system, and more all benefit from chiropractic treatment by allowing unimpeded communication between the brain and body.

CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT PROCESS

While many different areas of the body can be adjusted and many different types of adjustments are available, our general process remains the same. Our doctors focus on a three-step process, based entirely on science, to treat our patients. This process not only puts the body in proper alignment, but helps the body hold the alignment, and balances the muscles to keep the body aligned for longer periods of time.

  1. Chiropractic Adjustments

    Our doctors start by listening to the patient. This deserves repeating, we actually listen to the patient to learn about their goals for their treatments and what’s bothering them. After identifying problem areas for the patient, our doctors use this knowledge to begin adjusting the appropriate areas of the body. These adjustments can range from the neck down to the feet and can be done manually or using an activator depending on patient needs.

  2. Dolphin Neurostim

    While we appreciate a good beach vacation as much as the next person, we aren’t talking about the dolphins in the seas. Dolphin Neurostim is the world’s first hybrid device specifically designed for the treatment of chronic/acute soft tissue pain. Put more simply, Dolphin Neurostim utilizes the same naturally occurring direct current that runs the nervous system in the human body to target specific neurological points. After chiropractic adjustments, Dolphine Neurostim helps normalize the nervous system and helps patients relax their muscles, relieve pain, and heal faster. This happens because the DC current utilized by the neurostim sedates and calms the nerves and allows the nervous system to function better.

  3. Soft Tissue Massage

    The final step in our regular chiropractic treatment process is soft tissue massage. Our doctors have found that utilizing soft tissue massage combined with chiropractic adjustments and Dolphin Neurostim help the body release oxygen and blood flow to the adjusted areas. This soft tissue work stretches the muscles out and helps them relearn the correct placement of the structural areas of the body that have been treated. By combining soft tissue work with the adjustments and neurostim treatment our patients experience relief sooner and hold their adjustments longer than through chiropractic adjustments alone.

SUMMARY

Patients come to us seeking relief from pain and help to keep their bodies functioning as smoothly and efficiently as possible. It is our responsibility as their chiropractor to not only help them achieve results quickly, but also to help their bodies hold these adjustments longer. This directly benefits our patients’ bodies and their pocketbooks. By training the body to hold proper alignment for longer periods of time, patients need treatments less often and feel great and save money!

We believe the best way to help our patients experience quick, long-lasting relief is through our proven three-step chiropractic treatment process. This process combines chiropractic adjustments with Dolphin Neurostim and soft tissue massage. We believe it’s the best process to treat many ailments. Contact us today to learn more and let us help you get started living a healthier life!

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Introducing Chiro Connection

WHAT IS CHIRO CONNECTION?

Welcome to the newest section on our website! The Chiropractic Centers of Erie and Longmont are proud to present our newest service to our patients and the community at large. Even better news, this section and all of the information shared within are free of charge. One of the best things about serving our patients is the great conversations we get to be a part of every day. We get asked many questions, share plenty of stories, and most importantly help our patients get the relief they need to live healthier and happier lives.

WHY NOW?

We have been so blessed over the last 30 years to share these conversations with individual patients who we’ve grown to think of as friends and extended families. We truly love being a part of the Erie and Longmont communities and the sense of neighborly belonging. We decided it was a great time to share some knowledge, company updates, and health tips that we just don’t have time to share with everyone individually during our treatments.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We encourage patients to share this content far and wide across social channels, email, and any other way they can to help us spread these tips to as many people as possible. While we definitely hope to grow both practices through the topics in this section, the main goal is to better serve our patients and our communities, as always. Please share topic suggestions with us that you’d like to learn more about and engage with us on Facebook where we will be posting regular articles.