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Dry Needling And Cupping Specialist

Axial Spine and Wellness

Chiropractors located in West Loop, Near West Side, Chicago, IL

Dry needling and cupping are both minimally invasive therapies for the treatment of muscle pain and tension. At Axial Spine & Wellness in the West Loop area of Chicago, Todd Peterson, DC, and the experienced team offers both dry needling and cupping along with chiropractic care, acupuncture, and rehabilitation services to help you feel your best. The team offers personalized care and wellness services to help you recover from pain and injuries and improve your athletic performance. To set up an appointment, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Dry Needling and Cupping Q & A

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is a type of physical therapy similar to acupuncture. With dry needling, Dr. Peterson or acupuncture specialist Lauren Schneider, DC, place thin, sterile needles directly into trigger points, also called knots or adhesions, where you experience pain. These trigger points build up over time due to poor posture, repetitive movements, and trauma, including from sports injuries.

A dry needling session generally lasts 30-60 minutes and is nearly painless. You’ll experience a brief pinch or prick when the needle is inserted and may notice soreness while the needle is in place. Dry needling encourages the muscle to relax by increasing blood supply to the area and signaling an endorphin release, which can reduce pain.

What is cupping?

Cupping is a form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that uses plastic or glass cups to suction areas of the skin over sore or injured muscles. Cupping has become increasingly popular and is used by celebrities, Olympians, and fitness enthusiasts, though anyone can benefit from this gentle therapy.

During your session, your provider cleans your skin with rubbing alcohol before placing the cups on your back or another area with sore muscles, such as your shoulders or legs. You’ll immediately feeling a gentle pulling or tugging sensation from the tugging of the cups on your skin.

The cups can be left in place 20-30 minutes and may be moved along the surface of your skin, a technique called “walking the cups.” Cupping increases blood flow to the surface of your skin and can improve hydration and lymphatic drainage of muscles underneath the skin. It’s possible to experience mild bruising or redness for up to a week after cupping, depending on the severity of your condition and the length of treatment.

What conditions can dry needling and cupping help?

Since dry needling and cupping are both used to treat pain and improve blood flow to the treatment area, they can be used to help the following conditions:

  • Muscle pain
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Muscle strain
  • Muscle cramping
  • Decreased flexibility
  • Sports injuries
  • General recovery after exercise or a sporting event

To determine if you’re a candidate for dry needling or cupping, your provider first performs a complete medical history and physical exam to ensure the techniques are safe and effective for your needs.

Schedule a consultation for dry needling or cupping today by calling Axial Spine & Wellness or using the online booking feature.