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Some experience spikes or a twitching feeling while some do not feel anything at all. Either way, once the needles are inserted directly into the trigger point muscles – the pain relief or improvements in functional movement process begins.

Because TDN use a solid filament (needles) inserted into the skin and muscle tissues, the question usually is – Does dry needling hurt?

The answer varies for each patient. Most patients do not feel the needle insertion. Sudden slight muscle contraction is common which produce a very brief pain response. Others describe the local twitch response, like an electric shock, which some may associate to a cramping sensation. This therapeutic response is useful and desirable.

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Typically, it takes several sessions to feel the positive reaction take effect, as the needling treatment will cause biochemical and mechanical changes without any pharmacological means. To some, a cumulative response is needed to achieve a certain limit after which the pain cycle is interrupted. 

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The good thing about dry needling therapy is - it does not have any side effects of surgery, medications, and other procedures.

During dry needling treatment, patients usually experience the relaxation of muscles. A pleasant feeling depending on the therapy technique used. Patients may feel muscle soreness in the next day or two. It is advised to apply ice and heat on the area treated. Drinking plenty of water, usually, helps a lot in reducing limb and muscle soreness.

 Call our BEAT physical therapists in Columbia, MD at (410) 884-0000 now for a free phone consultation and a chance to discuss your condition.  

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5840 Banneker Rd, Suite 230
Columbia
MD - Maryland
21044
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