Baltimore Back and Pain Center -  - Chiropractor

Baltimore Back and Pain Center

Chiropractors & Chiropractic and Rehabilitative Care Centers located in Baltimore, MD

Dry Needling Specialist

Dry needle trigger point therapy is a new mode of treatment that many practitioners in the Baltimore area don’t even offer yet. If you’re suffering from myofascial pain, Michael A. Dorn Jr., DC, can help. He has years of experience relieving discomfort with dry needle therapy. If you’d like to learn more about dry needle therapy, contact the Baltimore Back & Pain Center online or by phone.

Dry Needling Q & A

What is dry needle therapy?

Dry needling is a budding therapy for treating myofascial pain, or sensitivities at muscular trigger points, using non-medicated needles. Dr. Dorn inserts the thin needles through the skin into trigger points, or knotted bands of muscle inside larger muscles, to disband them.

Although the procedure resembles acupuncture, the two treatments are very different. Acupuncture is performed by certified acupuncturists to target energy meridians, and it comes from traditional Chinese medicine. Physical therapists perform dry needle therapy to target trigger points, and it’s based on Western research and philosophy.

With dry needling, Dr. Dorn can reach tight bands of muscle that he wouldn’t be able to reach with manual pressure. After a mild muscle cramp sensation as the needle stimulates the trigger point, the needle then deactivates that trigger point and causes the muscle to relax.

How does dry needle therapy help?

Research shows that by deactivating tight trigger points, dry needling has the potential to:

  • Relieve pain
  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Increase range of motion
  • Improve recovery

By turning off the trigger point and disturbing the pain cycle, many patients achieve pain relief without medication.

Does dry needling hurt?

Most people don’t even notice when Dr. Dorn inserts the needle into the skin. You may feel a momentary cramping or shock-like sensation when the needle hits the trigger point. It’s important to remember that the purpose of dry needling is to relieve bothersome pain, even if it causes mild pain in the short term.

After the treatment, you may have some short-lived soreness. The residual pain feels just like the soreness you might feel after a tough strength-training session.

What conditions does dry needle therapy treat?

Dry needle therapy is effective in treating myofascial pain. Dr. Dorn uses the therapy primarily for:

If Dr. Dorn thinks you have a musculoskeletal problem that would benefit from dry needle therapy, he suggests the treatment in conjunction with other therapies.

If you’re interested in trying dry needle therapy, contact the Baltimore Back & Pain Center by phone or online.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Baltimore Back and Pain Center, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Johns Hopkins EHP
United Healthcare

Words from our patients

  • facebook

    "The massage water table is HEAVENLY! !! I would definitely recommend Baltimore Back & Pain Center to anyone that needs chiropractic care."

    Jamie H.
  • Google+

    "The staff is so friendly and eager to help you feel better. All of the equipment is top notch. The facility is clean and well kept. "

    Verified Patient
  • Google+

    " If you have back/neck/joint pain or injuries, you will find relief for your pain in their able hands. This is definitely one of Baltimore's undiscovered treasures!"

    Catherine W.
  • Google+

    "I enjoy every visit to the Baltimore Back & Pain Center. The staff here makes every visit enjoyable."

    Jayesh J.
Baltimore Back and Pain Center
3914 Hickory Ave
Baltimore, MD 21211
Phone: 410-662-4476
Fax: (410) 662-9884
Office Hours

Get in touch