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Dry Needling in La Crosse

Dry needling therapyAt M.Y. Life Health Center, we are pleased to offer dry needling, a type of alternative medicine that focuses on treating pain and other physical symptoms. This modality involves the insertion of small needles into the body, usually at certain trigger points, to stimulate healing and improve muscles, nerves, and other soft tissues.

What Are Some Benefits?

Dry needling can reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and oxygenation to an area, relax tight muscles, break up scar tissue adhesions and enhance natural healing processes. It also helps reduce pain associated with muscle spasms, as well as chronic back pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.


This modality works well for conditions that do not improve through other methods of conservative care as much as patients hope. We consider dry needling an excellent therapy, plus it’s safe, comfortable and relaxing for patients!

Conditions It Can Help

Here are some problems that can be addressed with dry needling:

  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis joint pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • TMJ (jaw) pain
  • Muscle tightness/trigger points
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Ankle sprains
  • Shin splints
  • Stress
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Neck & low back pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Anxiety & insomnia
  • Fibromyalgia

What to Expect

Your doctor will first perform a physical assessment to determine which areas are likely to cause discomfort or limiting mobility. Once these spots have been identified, they will place the needles at specific areas of the body that cause pain or tension. The needles will penetrate the skin at different depths to target the underlying muscles and fascia.

Typically, patients experience relief in 8-12 hours after treatment. However, some patients experience relief immediately. It all depends on the patient, the area being treated, and the needling technique used.


What is Dry Needling, How Does It Differ from Acupuncture?

Dry needling is a specialized manual therapy technique that employs acupuncture-type needles to target trigger points within tight muscles, facilitating internal healing processes. This method enhances blood circulation, encourages lymphatic drainage, and promotes muscular contraction in areas with tight muscles that may be causing discomfort. In contrast, acupuncture draws from traditional Chinese medicine, focusing on energy meridians to stimulate the flow of “chi.” Dry needling, on the other hand, precisely targets the source of a patient’s pain, addressing muscle and joint areas directly, thus expediting the healing process.

What Conditions Can Dry Needling Help Treat?

Dry needling exhibits remarkable versatility, and among the many conditions it can effectively address, some notable examples include shoulder arthritis, frozen shoulder, knee arthritis, migraine headaches, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ and jaw pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, as well as neck and low back pain.

Is Dry Needling Painful, and Are There Any Side Effects?

Dry needling is generally not painful. It is common for some individuals to experience post-treatment soreness, akin to the sensation following a deep tissue massage or a strenuous workout. This mild soreness is a natural part of the healing process, as dry needling works from within the muscles to alleviate discomfort and improve overall well-being.

A Patient Success Story

We have had patients scheduled for knee replacement surgeries that have canceled the surgeries after 2-3 needling treatments.

Needling is effective in reducing arthritis related joint pain and improving pain-free range of motion in joints that may not be in their prime anymore.

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