Closeup of a needle and hands of physiotherapist doing a dry needling.

How Long Does Dry Needling Take to Work?

Dry needling is an effective way to manage pain, improve muscle movement, and relieve tightness and soreness in the body. Dry needling is a powerful tool to help repair your body and improve your quality of life. Like many others, you may be wondering: how long does dry needling take to work?

What is dry needling?

Dry needling shares similarities with acupuncture but is not acupuncture. In dry needling, very thin needles are inserted directly into the muscle in anatomy-specific locations to manage pain. Conversely, in acupuncture, the needles are inserted into traditional Chinese meridians to alter the flow of energy in the body. Dry needling does not use medicated needles, is usually painless, and can provide immediate relief.

Layers of the muscle that cannot normally be reached through massage or physical therapy can be treated in dry needling. A single session of dry needling can treat both individual problem areas and general muscle fatigue.

How long does dry needling take to work?

Many patients see immediate relief following a dry needling session. A small portion of people experience muscle fatigue, dizziness, or drowsiness after dry needling, but these symptoms usually go away quickly. After you adjust to the treatment, muscle soreness will decrease and results will become more noticeable immediately following sessions.

For acute pain, only one session of dry needling may be needed. Most people experience peak improvement for this type of pain within 24 to 48 hours.

To achieve the maximum benefits of dry needling, multiple sessions may be required. It may take 2 to 3 sessions to notice improvement of chronic or deep pain. If you have chronic pain, talk to your doctor or physical therapist about scheduling weekly sessions to maintain the beneficial long-term results of dry needling.

With a typical session taking around 30 minutes, dry needling is a safe, fast, and effective procedure to manage muscle pain, soreness, and other ailments in the body.

Young female patient with acid reflux clutching her chest in a doctor's office

Can Acid Reflux Go Away on Its Own?

Acid reflux, also known as heartburn or just reflux, is a common yet painful condition many Americans struggle with. The good news is that acid reflux can go away with a few lifestyle changes and help from over-the-counter medicines.

Do I have Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux happens when acid from your stomach backs up into your throat and causes uncomfortable symptoms like chest pain, a burning sensation in your throat, or a sour taste in your mouth.

Usually, muscles at the top of your stomach open to allow food into the stomach and close to let the stomach process the food. When these muscles are weakened or when there is extra pressure on the stomach, acid can get through these muscles and enter the esophagus.

Acid reflux can happen to anyone at any age and can be worsened by obesity or a poor diet. If your heartburn is severe or occurs for an extended period of time, you may have GERD and will need to visit a doctor for treatment.

How to Treat Reflux

There are many changes you can make to reduce or get rid of your acid reflux completely. Avoid eating spicy, fatty, or acidic foods and don’t overeat or lay down immediately after a meal. For some people, wearing tight clothing or obesity can cause reflux, so it is best to avoid these triggers.

Over-the-counter medications can relieve mild symptoms of heartburn.

  • Antacids are quick-acting and can reduce the amount of acid in the stomach, but antacids won’t heal the damage already caused in the stomach or esophagus.
  • H-2 receptor blockers (such as Zantac and Pepcid) provide longer-term relief by reducing acid production in the stomach.
  • Proton pump inhibitors (such as Prilosec, Prevacid, and Nexium) work similarly to H-2 receptor blockers by stopping acid production, but also heal damage in your esophagus and stomach.

With a few lifestyle changes and the help of over-the-counter medications, relief from heartburn is possible and acid reflux can go away on its own.

If you’ve already made these changes and are still experiencing heartburn or acid reflux, talk to your doctor about GERD. GERD can be a serious medical condition and will need medical treatment to cure.

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