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How Can Dry Needling Treat My Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow affects people of all ages, although it tends to be more common in adults ages 30-50. Despite the name, anyone can develop tennis elbow whether you play tennis or not. 

Because tennis elbow is a repetitive motion injury, you can be vulnerable to it just by spending hours typing away on your laptop at work, or performing any number of common activities that require that you move your arm in a repetitive motion, like painting a wall or hammering nails.

Over time, repetitive motions can lead to pain, inflammation, and nerve damage, especially at some of the most mobile joints in your body like your elbows, shoulders, and wrists. 

Repetitive motion injuries can make it difficult or even impossible to do your job, exercise, and enjoy an active quality of life. 

At New Hampshire Regenerative Center, our chiropractic and naturopathic medicine doctors offer a number of noninvasive therapies to manage and alleviate pain.

Dry needling for tennis elbow and pain relief

Dry needling is a therapeutic treatment that uses pressure to ease pain and stiffness in muscles and trigger points. 

Also known as trigger point injections, dry needling consists of inserting a series of small needles into your skin to help relieve pain in a number of areas of your body. 

Fun fact: The process is referred to as “dry” needling because the needles don’t transmit any fluid or medication, as standard injections do.

According to a recent report in the Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation, a few dry needling sessions can alleviate pain and restore mobility in cases of golf and tennis elbow, even when other forms of therapy have failed. 

How dry needling helps to relieve pain

Over time, overused muscles and connective tissue contract and become tense or knotted, which results in depleted oxygen and blood flow. The result is pain and mobility issues. These knots in the soft tissue are known as myofascial trigger points. 

The needles target those trigger points to, among other things, ease the tension that causes pain, stimulate blood flow and nerve activity back to the tissue, and signal the brain to release endorphins for natural pain relief.

The number of dry needling sessions necessary to provide relief varies from person to person, depending on the severity and intensity of pain, but many of our patients experience lasting relief and improvement in their flexibility and mobility after a few sessions.

For more information about dry needling, call us today to learn more and to schedule an appointment at our office in Manchester, New Hampshire, or request an appointment through our online booking system.

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