Fort Collins Dry Needling Therapy

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Dry needling is a procedure used at Advanced Healthcare in Fort Collins to treat myofascial pain, or trigger point pain, through the use of filament needles inserted into the skin and muscle, at the sight of the trigger point. These trigger points can cause chronic pain and dysfunction, yet most healthcare providers ignore their effect on the pain cycle. Unlike other providers, we complete a detailed muscle examination to determine if dry needling is the right treatment for managing your trigger point pain.

What Conditions Can Dry Needling Treat?

Dry needling is used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal problems in Fort Collins patients including, but not limited to:

  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders, and back
  • Tension headaches and migraines
  • Jaw pain
  • Hamstring strains
  • Calf tightness and spasms
  • Sciatica

How Does the Procedure Work?

By inserting a needle into the trigger points within the muscles, we are able to cause favorable biochemical changes. While the exact mechanisms of dry needling are still being discovered, we know that it reduces pain through mechanical and biochemical effects. During the Fort Collins dry needling procedure, the goal is to elicit local twitch responses, essentially spinal cord reflexes, which is the first step in breaking the pain cycle.

What’s the Difference Between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

While dry needling and acupuncture are similar they do have one main difference. Dry needling specifically targets muscles and trigger points for acute pain relief. Alternately, acupuncture attempts to unblock vital energy known as Qi, which flows through a chain of pathways called meridians. 

What are the Side Effects of Dry Needling?

During the procedure, needle insertion is mostly painless. The patient’s local twitch response triggers a very brief pain, but it lasts no more than a second. This pain has been described as an electrical shock or cramping sensation. While this pain is slightly uncomfortable, the local twitch response is a desirable reaction. Patients are generally sore after the procedure, which can last a few hours up to a couple days.

Are you interested in learning more about our Fort Collins dry needling procedures? Contact us at Advanced Healthcare to schedule an appointment at our local office.

Monday8:00am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tuesday8:00am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday8:00am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm
Thursday8:00am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm
FridayMassage Only
8:00am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm
Advanced Healthcare

Advanced Healthcare
2531 South Shields Street #2h
Fort Collins, CO 80526
(970) 472-8333

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"Your staff are wonderful! Not only are they helpful but I've made friends with several of your staff in the process."

- Katie K.

"Amazing results. My pain has lessened so much. I can drive now and do a lot more!"

- Lynda H.

"Thank you Advanced Healthcare for giving our family a better way to live our lives!!"

- Pam F.

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2531 South Shields Street #2h

Fort Collins, CO 80526