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What is Superficial Dry Needling?

Chiro-Med doctors certified in Superficial Dry Needling to provide pain relief  from chronic pain

Dr. James Ropicky provides pain relief to a patient who has an ankle injury using Superficial Dry Needling.  The chiropractors at Chiro-Med S.C. are certified in Superficial Dry Needling.

Do you suffer from chronic pain?  The CDC analyzed data from a National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) which showed more than 50 million American adults suffer from chronic pain (CDC, 2019). Interestingly, individuals who suffer from chronic pain miss approximately nine more days of work per year than people without pain (Adams, 2021).  Chronic pain can be treated using standard allopathic care which involves prescribed or over-the-counter medication or with alternative care such as chiropractic care. With the rise of opioid addictions, individuals with pain have been seeking alternative care for their chronic and acute pain and experiencing positive outcomes and results. Ibuprofen and other over-the-counter medications can offer short-term relief for some individuals; however, prolonged use can become detrimental to a person’s health. Superficial Dry Needling is a new modality that is being used to alleviate pain without the use of pain medications and drugs.  Chiro-Med S.C. offers Superficial Dry Needling to provide pain relief during the healing process.  Superficial Dry Needling is painless.

Chiropractors use Superficial Dry Needling – a popular treatment modality

Superficial Dry Needling has become a very popular treatment modality used by Chiropractors to relieve pain associated with muscle stiffness and spasm. It has been widely accepted and is popular due to its effectiveness on treating musculoskeletal pain and muscle tension. It is considered a safe technique when done by a practitioner who is well trained. Both Dr. Ropicky and Dr. Zraik are well-trained in Superficial Dry Needling with more than 100+ hours of clinical experience and have achieved exceptional patient satisfaction.

Superficial Dry Needling uses thin filiform needle that is painless

Why is it called Superficial Dry Needling? The reason it is called Superficial Dry Needling is because a thin filiform needle is used without any type of substance or fluid and is inserted into a muscle. Each needle is individually packed and sterile. The insertion of the needle is a quick and easy method which is painless. Superficial Dry Needling is as beneficial as deep dry needling with studies showing the same effect no matter the depth of the needle.

Superficial Dry Needling depends on patient’s treatment plan

The addition of Superficial Dry Needling to a patient’s treatment plan is dependent on the patient’s diagnosis and response to care. The chiropractors at Chiro-Med are trained to palpate and localize herniated trigger points which generally are one of the causes of a patient’s dysfunction. Pain that is caused by a trigger point is due to the lack of blood flow within that specific trigger point. Insertion of the needle will stimulate the body to push new blood into the area surrounding the trigger point, hence causing relaxation and reduction of pain. The needle is inserted directly into the trigger point which will cause the muscle to relax and improve function and reduce pain. The trigger point can either be active or latent. An active trigger point is actively causing pain and discomfort, and a latent trigger point is not actively causing pain but can be a pain generator. Superficial Dry Needling can be effective in treating deeper layers of muscle faster than using other physical therapy modalities.

Superficial Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture

Patients often ask “Is it the same as acupuncture?” Both Superficial Dry Needling and Acupuncture use the same needles; however, Superficial Dry Needling is inserted into a trigger point while acupuncture is based on Chinese medicine and energy flow. Acupuncture claims to treat certain conditions or diseases, whereas Superficial Dry Needling works on decreasing muscle stiffness, spasms, and pain and by increasing blood flow to improve function to the surrounding area. Conditions that Superficial Dry Needling can help include chronic muscle spasm, disc pain, sciatica pain, jaw pain, joint pain and dysfunction, hip pain, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, tension headache, whiplash, and ligament sprains and strains.

Stop living with chronic pain and see chiropractors at Chiro-Med

The chiropractors at Chiro-Med S.C. recognize that individuals should not have to live with chronic pain.  Thus, Dr. Ropicky and Dr. Zraik focus on reducing a patient’s acute or chronic pain so that overall health and well-being improves.  If you would like more information about Superficial Dry Needling, please call 262-542-4700.


Adams G, Salomons TV. Attending work with chronic pain is associated with higher levels of psychosocial stress. Can J Pain. 2021;5(1):107-116. Published 2021 May 18. doi:10.1080/24740527.2021.1889925

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