Dry Needling Specialist

Farabaugh Chiropractic

Board Certified Chiropractic Physicians & Nutritional Recovery and Fitness Coaches located in Westerville, Columbus, OH

When treating pain and muscle tension above the skin’s surface isn’t enough, dry needling is a drug-free option that provides fast relief. Chiropractor Brett Stefan, DC, MS, treats many conditions, including headaches and sciatica, with dry needling at Farabaugh Chiropractic in Westerville of Columbus, Ohio. To find out if dry needling is right for you, call or book an appointment online today.

Dry Needling Q & A

What is dry needling?

Dry needling involves inserting a thin filiform needle into your skin to stimulate the underlying muscle and connective tissues. It’s called dry needling because this treatment doesn’t involve injecting any medication like steroids or anesthetics.

Dr. Stefan accurately positions the needle and inserts it into a precise area to improve nerve communication and stimulate your body’s natural pain control response. Dry needling relieves pain, reduces muscle tension, and improves range of motion without using any drugs. 

How is dry needling different from acupuncture?

At first, it may seem like dry needling and acupuncture are the same thing. Both treatments involve inserting fine, sterile needles into your skin while you relax. However, that’s where the similarities end. 

While acupuncture is a Chinese medicine practice that’s been used for thousands of years, dry needling is a Western treatment that’s emerged in recent decades. Acupuncture focuses on restoring balance to your body’s life force (qi), and dry needling aims to reduce localized areas of muscle tension called trigger points.

If you’re interested in acupuncture treatments, Farabaugh Chiropractic has a highly trained licensed acupuncturist available to help you.

What does dry needling treat?

Dr. Stefan and the team at Farabaugh Chiropractic usually recommend dry needling in combination with other therapies, like chiropractic care and spinal decompression. Dry needling can help relieve pain and reduce muscle tightness caused by a variety of conditions, including:

  • Herniated or bulging disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Migraines and tension headaches
  • Jaw pain such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders 
  • Repetitive motion disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Neck pain and whiplash
  • Spinal problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pelvic pain

Dry needling may focus on trigger points, which are areas of muscle spasm or tension commonly referred to as knots. Releasing muscle tension at a trigger point can resolve pain and improve flexibility in other parts of your body.

What should I expect from dry needling?

First, Dr. Stefan carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history to make sure that dry needling is right for you. Then, he develops a customized treatment plan. 

During a dry needling treatment, you relax on a table while Dr. Stefan carefully inserts one or more filiform needles into the appropriate location. Depending on your needs, he may leave the needle in place for only a few seconds or as long as 10-15 minutes. 

To learn more about dry needling, call Farabaugh Chiropractic or book an appointment online today.