Dry Needling for Scoliosis
Dry needling techniques involve an acupuncture-like needle being inserted through the skin into underlying tissues (muscle) in the location of myofascial trigger points. The goal is to alleviate pain and improve movement and function.
Once the trigger point is activated, at which time a gentle muscle twitch would be felt, needle is removed. This may be repeated at the same or a different trigger point location depending on a desired effect or goal of the therapy. The actual mechanism of effect of dry needling is not well understood, however the localized twitch response that occurs after dry needling procedure may induce muscle relaxing effect and pain reduction.
At Curvy Spine, we understand specific mechanisms that the body uses to adapt to a specific curve pattern. Therefore, we have developed a Scoliosis specific dry needling protocols depending on a curve type and a goal of the therapy.
Dry needling treatment is followed by Schroth scoliosis-specific exercise protocol.
Dry needling in conjunction to your Schroth therapy program may be an option for you if you:
- are between 18 and 60 years of age
- have found temporary relief from dry needling before
- constantly report feeling “tight” or “needing” a massage
- have no fear of needles or allergies to nickel or chromium
- have no contageous blood borne conditions (HEP A, B, C, HIV)
- have no bleeding disorders, no local lymphedema, no mechanical heart valve, not pregnant
Please, note that if you have any of the following, dry needling is NOT indicated for you:
- Fear of Needles
- Area of lymphedema or an infection
- A compromised immune system (systemic disorders, immunocomprimised from cancer treatments or systemic steroid use)
- Bleeding disorders (hemophilia or von Willebrand disease)
- Contagious blood borne conditions such as: Hepatitis A, B or C, or HIV
- Diabetes (reduced tissue healing and sensory deficits)
- Heart Valve disease
- Irregular heart beat
- Allergies to metals (nickel or chromium)