Welcome to Lake Effect Chiropractic:

Your Destination for Dry Needling in Bay City, MI

At Lake Effect Chiropractic, we understand the frustration and discomfort that can accompany musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, especially after an automobile crash. That's why we're committed to offering innovative and effective therapies to help you find relief and get back to living your best life.

One such therapy that we're proud to provide is dry needling, a technique that can offer significant benefits for those experiencing persistent muscle pain and dysfunction in Bay City, Michigan.

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a specialized technique used to target and treat trigger points, which are areas of tightness and hypersensitivity within muscles, tendons, and connective tissues.

Unlike acupuncture, which is rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, dry needling focuses specifically on addressing musculoskeletal issues by inserting thin needles directly into these trigger points. By stimulating these points, practitioners aim to promote healing, relieve muscle tension, improve blood flow, and alleviate pain and discomfort.

How Does Dry Needling Work?

During a dry needling session, our skilled physical therapist will carefully insert thin needles into specific trigger points identified through a thorough assessment of your musculoskeletal system. Once inserted, the needles may be manipulated or left in place for a short period to stimulate the targeted tissues. This process helps to release tension, reduce muscle spasms, and promote the body's natural healing response.

Benefits of Dry Needling

Dry needling offers a range of benefits for individuals struggling with chronic musculoskeletal issues, particularly after an auto accident when other conservative treatments have not provided adequate relief. Some of the key benefits of dry needling include:

  • Pain Relief: By targeting trigger points directly, dry needling can provide rapid relief from localized and referred pain associated with muscle dysfunction.

  • Improved Range of Motion: By releasing tension and reducing muscle tightness, dry needling can help improve flexibility and range of motion in affected joints.

  • Enhanced Healing: Dry needling stimulates the body's natural healing processes, promoting tissue repair and regeneration in injured or damaged muscles and connective tissues.

  • Complement to Other Therapies: Dry needling can be effectively integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan alongside chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue techniques, and rehabilitation exercises to optimize results.

Why Choose Lake Effect Chiropractic for Dry Needling in Bay City, Michigan?

At Lake Effect Chiropractic, we're dedicated to providing our patients with the highest level of care and convenience. By offering onsite dry needling services performed by our experienced physical therapist, we eliminate the need for additional appointments or referrals, streamlining the care process and ensuring prompt access to effective treatment.

Our integrated approach to musculoskeletal care allows us to address your unique needs comprehensively, helping you achieve lasting relief and improved quality of life.

What Does Dry Needling Treat?

 It has been proven to treat numerous musculoskeletal issues, including:

  • Acute & Chronic Injuries
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Muscle Strains
  • Tendinitis
  • Knee Pain: Patellar Tendonitis, Patellar Femoral Syndrome
  • Hip Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tennis Elbow: Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Golfer’s Elbow: Medial Epicondylitis 
  • And more!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is dry needling the same as acupuncture?

No, although the technique of dry needling looks similar to traditional acupuncture due to the use of a dry filament needle, the rationale and execution of the treatment technique is quite different, akin to the difference between spinal manipulative therapy and chiropractic. Remember, a field is not defined by its treatment techniques but rather by its basis of ideology or its use of scientific evidence. Traditional acupuncture is a field of alternative care based upon cultural and societal ideologies as compared to dry needling which is treatment modality based upon scientific knowledge and what is known as evidence based or informed medicine.

Will Dry Needling Benefit Me?

There are a large variety of musculoskeletal issues that can be treated with dry needling. When paired with our movement-based treatments and advanced hands on therapy techniques, we have found that the vast majority of our patients achieved the pain-free goals they were aiming towards.

After conducting a comprehensive evaluation to assess the nature of your condition, our dry needling therapist will let you know if dry needling is the best course of treatment for you. We have used dry needling to treat several diverse conditions, from chronic pain sufferers to athletes experiencing delayed onset muscle soreness.

Dry needling can speed up recovery time and allow you to return to your daily life as quickly as possible. If you are interested in our bay city dry needling services, don’t hesitate to contact lake effect chiropractic today to request an appointment. We’ll get you started on the path toward recovery!

Is dry needling covered by insurance?

At this time insurance carriers do not consider dry needling a covered service, despite the overwhelmingly positive research. We charge an extremely reasonable cash price of $55 per routine session. First session is $125 including an exam and treatment on that first day.

How many sessions will I need?

It is impossible to predict how many sessions someone will need without a thorough evaluation but on average we start with a trail of care of between 4-6 sessions. Again, each case is individualized but on average this is a good estimate.

Does It Hurt?

Most of our patients report feeling little to no discomfort when undergoing dry needling treatments. Our highly-trained and hand picked physical therapist knows how to make the process as painless as possible; however, some patients may still experience a “twitch response” with the insertion of the needle. This is comparable to a quick muscle cramp or ache. The 24-48 hours following a dry needling treatment may also result in muscle soreness, which should go away on its own. Sore muscles can be treated at home by applying ice and/or heat packs and drinking plenty of fluids.

Take the Next Step Towards Relief

If you've been struggling with persistent muscle pain or dysfunction, especially after an auto accident, and haven't found relief with traditional treatments, dry needling may be the solution you've been searching for in Bay City, Michigan.

Contact Lake Effect Chiropractic today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how dry needling can help you get back to doing the things you love, pain-free.

Let us be your partner on the journey to better musculoskeletal health and wellness.