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Dry Needling in Tuscaloosa

Dry needling is a modern therapeutic modality that can often be highly effective in releasing trigger points to relieve pain and tension. It’s similar to acupuncture’s use of very fine needles but has a very different application. At Crimson Chiropractic Center, we offer this therapy for patients with certain musculoskeletal conditions.

We Promise It’s Not Scary

While the procedure’s name may sound intimidating, it is very safe, with minimal discomfort. It can often be an effective technique for patients with certain musculoskeletal conditions when performed by skilled, trained doctors who are certified in the procedure. Dr. Richardson is Certified in Master Dry Needling Level 1.
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A thin mono-filament needle (as fine as human hair) penetrates the skin and releases underlying muscular trigger points to manage neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.

What Is a Trigger Point?

A trigger point is a local contracture or tight band in a muscle fiber that can disrupt function, restrict range of motion, cause pain, or cause local tenderness.

When a needle is applied to a dysfunctional muscle or trigger point, it may decrease banding or tightness, increase blood flow, and reduce local and referred pain.

How Does Dry Needling Differ From Acupuncture?

Dry needling is not the same as acupuncture. They use similar tools, but that’s where the similarities end. The therapies are performed by different practitioners with different types of training. Acupuncture is based on Eastern medicine and focuses on the flow of energy along the body’s meridians, while dry needling is rooted in Western medicine and is based on pain patterns, posture, movement impairments, function, and orthopedic tests.

This modern therapy addresses muscle tissue to reduce pain, deactivate trigger points, and restore function. It can be used for various musculoskeletal issues, such as shoulder, neck, heel, hip, and back pain. Research indicates it is a safe and effective approach for reducing and managing pain.

Say Goodbye to Discomfort and Hello to Relief

If pain or reduced range of motion has kept you from your favorite activities, we want to help. Contact us today to book your appointment.


Dry Needling Tuscaloosa, Northport  AL | (205) 345-2009