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Dry Needling in South Loop

Dry needling is a way of correcting problems in different muscles that are difficult to get to in other ways. It uses very fine acupuncture needles, but rather than focusing on energy meridians like in acupuncture, it restores proper blood flow to knots in the muscle tissue. Dry needling is a biomechanical approach using acupuncture tools, with none of the Eastern philosophy.

At Active Body Chiropractic, we incorporate dry needling as part of your overall care plan and use it in combination with other soft tissue therapies. Not all patients need dry needling—but if you do, it is included and there is never a separate charge for it. Dr. Dylan is certified in dry needling.
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How Does It Work?

Dry needling can be very helpful for muscle knots that have been particularly stubborn. It requires an in-depth understanding of anatomy to achieve the best results, and our chiropractors are anatomy experts.

When a needle is placed properly, it triggers a micro-spasm in the muscle. This feels like pressure, and for about twenty to thirty minutes afterward, the muscle will feel “off.” This micro-spasm initiates a healing response, and the increased blood flow brings additional oxygen and nutrients that facilitate healing.

If dry needling is going to help, it works almost immediately. You’ll usually know later that same day if the treatment helped. Sometimes it takes a couple treatments to get complete relief.

Does It Hurt?

The needles used in dry needling are as fine as a human hair—so fine that they don’t feel sharp. Many patients don’t feel them going in. There may be some discomfort when the micro-spasm occurs, but it’s typically much less painful than releasing trigger points manually.

Schedule an Appointment

Our goal is to get you the fastest results possible, and dry needling can often help accomplish that. Contact us today to book an appointment.


Dry Needling South Loop, Downtown Chicago IL | (312) 922-9868