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Dry Needling

Intramuscular Manual Stimulation (Not Acupuncture)

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dry needling for back pain


Finally find consistent, drug-free relief.

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Restore functional strength and range of motion after acute or recurrent injury.

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Decrease muscle tightness & reduce recovery time to perform your best.

When you have hard, painful knots (also known as “myofascial trigger points”) that limit your range of motion or cause your muscles to constantly spasm, it can be hard to focus on anything other than seeking relief.

Living LOUD is not an option when you’re dealing with persistent aches and pains that make simple movements like walking or sitting difficult. 

Whether you’re recovering from an injury such as whiplash, a bad case of sciatica from a disc bulge or herniation, or a dedicated athlete seeking a faster recovery, dry needling therapy can help you get back in the game, back to work, or simply off the couch. 

Here at LIVE LOUD, dry needling is most often used as a complementary treatment to other manual therapy techniques such as chiropractic adjustments, massage, stretching, physiotherapy, and cupping, helping muscles get back to proper function without drugs, surgery, or negative side effects.

The doctors at LIVE LOUD Chiropractic & Coaching are the Boulder County experts in dry needling therapy. Don’t let another day go by without experiencing the relief, rejuvenation, and performance-enhancing benefits needling can offer.

I do not have enough positive words to express how much Dr Antonio Gurule changed my life! He isn’t your typical Chiro. Yes, he can do adjustments, but he offers so much more!  He spent so much time understanding my issues and looking at my body mechanics, how I move, where my pain was. Then he worked with me on how to safely maneuver my body to stop injuring my back. He worked with me on strengthening exercises to help avoid future injuries. He did dry needling and deep tissue work. It has been life changing for me as it has totally changed how I move.

-Kristie Harris // Boulder County, Colarado 

What Is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a form of intramuscular manual therapy, meaning a practitioner manually inserts thin filiform needles into your muscle tissue at specific points on your body called trigger points (those pesky knots that are hard to get out on your own). 

Trigger points produce pain in muscles by causing abnormal muscle firing or spasms. Dry needle insertion on these trigger points can help break up the bands of muscle created by this abnormal activity.

Once inserted, the needle is moved up and down or may  be “stimulated” with electricity, in order to increase blood flow and create a release of the tension that’s causing pain or dysfunction. 

It’s called “dry” needling because the needle is solid and is not used to inject substances of any kind into your body like an immunization or IV needle. 

How Does Dry Needling Work?

Muscles near the site of injury, irritation, or inflammation typically contract in response. This contraction limits circulation, which leads to the accumulation of stagnant blood. Less hydration and nutrients reach the affected area, which can aggravate the problem. 

There are also supporting arguments that abnormal muscle firing signaling from nerves can also create trigger points.  Because of the consistent muscle firing of the muscles, they can become fatigued and painful due to the heightened response.

With dry needling therapy, needles are inserted into the painful area, as close to the tight knot as possible, penetrating through just a small amount of skin to contact these deeper trigger points that will hopefully instigate muscle contractions that release the tension.

When the dry needle is inserted near the problem area, the micro-tears caused by the needle also set a healing response into motion, causing activation of the immune system. Blood that’s well hydrated and carries plenty of nutrients moves to the needling site and accelerates tissue rejuvenation. 

Needles may be inserted deeply or just below the skin’s surface. If you feel your muscle spasming or twitching in response, it is a good sign that the right spot is being worked on.  The twitch is a positive sign that the abnormal nerve signaling to the muscle is trying to normalize and can also be facilitated through electrostimulation.

Research has shown dry needling effectively treats tissue inflammation, sensitized nerve tissue, scar tissue formation, and deficient circulation of blood and lymph. Systemically, pain pathways are reduced or eliminated, endogenous opioids are released, and specific muscle tension is normalized.

This means you’re less likely to suffer from chronic pain with regular dry needling sessions.

I experienced some shoulder pain that was not resolving on its own.  I consulted with Dr. Antonio Gurule and within three sessions of adjustments, rock taping and recommended at home exercises, my shoulder issues resolved and my range of motion actually improved.

The extent of Antonio’s scope of practice became evident when months later I injured my foot running.  During these sessions he added dry needling with electrical stimulation and within a short period of time I was able to return to almost all the activities I enjoy.

I am a doctor, I am a patient and I highly recommend Dr. Antonio Gurule from a professional point of view and a patient’s perspective.

-Shari Posada // Lafayette, CO

What Conditions Can Dry Needling Treat?

When combined with other forms of therapy like stretching, exercise, movement pattern correction, and chiropractic adjustments, dry needling has been shown to be especially effective. Studies confirm needling can reduce the symptoms of many different types of chronic and acute pain, including:

  • Back Pain 
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches And Migraines
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Damage 
  • Neurological Spasticity
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Knee pain
  • Sciatica
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Spinal Issues
  • Sprains
  • TMJ
  • Whiplash

So if you’ve felt like there’s no solution to your chronic neck or shoulder tightness that’s causing shooting pains in both arms when sitting at your desk too long…

Or you have unyielding pain below your knee that’s been getting worse with each passing day…

Or you have sustained a disc herniation with burning sciatica in your leg, butt, and lower back, it’s time to come to LIVE LOUD to try dry needling.

Finding Enhanced Movements and seeing Antonio has been life changing, and I do not say that lightly. He has done adjustments, dry needling, soft tissue work, and showed me exercises that I can do at home to help between visits. I’ve gone from taking 800mg of Ibuprofen at least once or twice a day to needing it only now and then for the occasional headache. I, actually, cannot thank him enough! Don’t wait as long as I did for some relief.

-Robin Witkowski // Lafayette, CO

Dry Needling FAQ

How Long Is A Dry Needling Session?

Dry needling, by itself, takes about 5-10 minutes but will depend on the number of points treated. At LIVE LOUD, dry needling is, most often, done in conjunction with other chiropractic interventions.

When Will I Feel It Working?

You may feel relief immediately as the needle is inserted and releases tension from the trigger point. But symptom relief is typically experienced within the first 24-48 hours after treatment and lasts several days. 

The therapeutic benefits of dry needling can be cumulative, however. So, while we work to address the root cause of your condition, each added session should increase the period of symptom relief until our goal markers have been reached and your progress is improving. 

How Often Will I Need Dry Needling Therapy?

You may find relief with just one dry needling session if you’re dealing with an acute condition like a sprain or post-workout tension. But it may take several treatments to notice a change if you have chronic or severe pain. One of our trained dry needling doctors will discuss your individualized plan of care in regards to frequency after your initial evaluation and treatment. 

For chronic pain conditions, we will require or more in-depth analysis of the underlying cause of your pain, I can guarantee

How is Dry Needling Different From Acupuncture? 

While acupuncture and dry needling may look the same to an untrained eye, the only similarity is the use of thin, solid, filiform needles as a treatment tool. 

The purpose of acupuncture is to balance the body’s energy, or Qi, and is based on a complete (ancient) system of healing used to treat a multitude of healthcare conditions. 

Dry needling is a therapy developed in the late 1970s and centers on principles of Western medicine. It’s used exclusively to treat trigger points and muscular dysfunction. 

If you’re interested in trying dry needling for the first time or adding it to your current pain management or sports recovery protocol, please contact us for a consultation. 

We’ll happily answer any questions and choose the right combination of therapies to treat your condition.