Dry needling for migraines?

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    Can you please give me some advice as to using a technique called dry needling? I have been a migraineur most of my 71 years and find I am running out of options. I've tried triptans which work for the day but am now having daily headache. I had a nerve block last week which seems to be of no use. Antidepressants and beta blockers don't give good results. Any opinion would be appreciated. Patricia.


    Full Answer:

    Dear Patricia;


    Dry needling is an old technique often used by physiatrists and by other (less sophisticated) physicians. You simply place a needle (without any medication in it) in a painful area. Older studies showed some value for this technique in muscle spasm disorders. I don't believe it would be useful to you.

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Published On: June 18, 2013