Can Chiropractic help reduce pain?

Ottawa Chiropractor

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture has been established an alternative treatment for all kinds of health issues for quite a long time now, and lots of people trust it. Dry needling, on the other hand, remained quite underground and I cannot understand why because it’s also incredibly effective. I assume people don’t know much about it and maybe they think it’s the same thing as acupuncture. Dry needling is a technique based on the neuro-musculoskeletal system, and the treatment is done based on the patient’s orthopedic examination. This method resets muscles besides also being able to reduce pain.

What Happened

Since I was a kid, I have been living with body and headaches and that’s why I used to carry tons of ibuprofen in my backpack all the time. Constant pain always made it hard for me to concentrate and this made me extremely unhappy and frustrated. Things remained the same when I was an adult as well, and in the meantime, I found out that I was suffering from three horrible diseases: lupus, fibromyalgia, and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.

I found out about dry needling while I was desperately looking for a way to replace medication with safer solutions. What brought me to try this technique were my muscle spasms in my shoulders and neck. These were triggered by everything and at the same time by nothing. I decided to make an appointment at Kinetic Edge clinic because a friend of mine was there before for some physiotherapy and I knew from him that the specialists there are excellent.

The First Appointment

Dr. Joanna Taylor was the expert that treated me for the first time, and she introduced me to their wonderful, efficient solution that is dry needling. She explained to me that dry needling is best for neck, shoulders, hips, and back. Let me tell you about the procedure. After I laid down on a massage table, Dr. Taylor inserted a thin-filament needle straight into the muscle that was spasming or tight at that moment. After that, she somehow jiggled the needle up and down until the muscle responded with a twitch. The reason was to disrupt the “neurological feedback loop” that was keeping the muscle in a contracted state of pain. The result was an amazing release of pressure. I won’t lie to you, and I will tell you that dry needling hurts. But for me, it was worth it. Of course, the amount of pain will vary from one patient to another and the trigger points as well.

My Overall Experience

I used to be desperate for pain relief for a lot of years, and that’s why I tried all kinds of things. But I recommend dry needling because despite the discomfort that you may feel during the treatment it will produce long-lasting results. This happened in my case. My conclusion is that if you want a pleasant experience, you should try a massage, but if you want excellent results then commit to dry needling.

Dr. Taylor, an Ottawa Chiropractor, has a lot of certifications in Dry Needling and Neurofunctional Acupuncture including Kinetacore Dry Needling (FDN), Advanced Neurofunctional Acupuncture (McMaster University), Contemporary Medical Acupuncture (McMaster University) and Motor Point Acupuncture (Exstore System). Kinetic Edge clinic provides Dry Needling in Ottawa as a part of their chiropractic services by Dr. Taylor.