Dry Needling / Trigger Point Therapy
Dry needling is an invasive procedure in which a solid filament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. It involves insertion and repetitive manipulation of the needle in the myofascial trigger point in order to produce a local twitch response. This twitch response results in muscle relaxation due to the release of shortened bands of muscle fibers. No medication of any kind is injected.
Deactivation of the trigger points can bring immediate relief of a wide variety of symptoms, then we can immediately train the muscles to work in their newly-gained pain free range of motion.
Trigger point dry needling therapy can help treat the following conditions:
- Myofascial Pain
- Neck and Back Pain
- Chronic Pain
- Movement Disorders
- Sprains or Strains
- Muscle Imbalances
- Sports Injuries
- Joint Pain of Myofascial Origin
- Orofacial Pain
A myofascial trigger point is a hyperirritable spot in a muscle which is painful to touch and is located in a taut (tight) band. This hypersensitive spot, or nodule (the “knot”), can give characteristic referred pain, referred tenderness, and other referred symptoms in areas other than where the muscle is located and is related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle.
Dry Needling Treatment
Dry Needling is never a treatment by itself. It is always done in conjunction with other forms of physical therapy treatment. These may include exercises, postural training, education, and other hands-on techniques such as soft tissue work and manipulation.