Trigger Point Dry Needling is a therapeutic treatment involving a filament needle. Advancing the needle multiple times into the muscle tissue of an area creates a trigger point. There is nothing injected from the filament needle. It is a way to find and help eliminate neuromuscular dysfunction.
The dry needle causes some discomfort and pain when it is advanced into the muscle tissue. A healthy muscle tissue will feel very little discomfort, but damaged, sensitive or shortened muscles will activate a pain similar to a muscle cramping. This is a twitch response to the needle advancing into the muscle. The twitch response can be determined by the skill of the practitioner. By judging the amount of discomfort, as well as the area affected by it, we can diagnose the cause of the pain.
It typically requires 2-4 treatment sessions for the patient to begin experiencing positive results from dry needling. With very few side effects, this is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, injury rehabilitation, and pain and injury prevention.
Benefits of Trigger Point Dry Needling
- Improve range of motion: Dry needling can “loosen” knots and muscular tension, allowing the patient to move more easily. This can be used in conjunction with other therapies to heal from injuries and achieve long-term pain relief.
- Deactivate muscular trigger points: Sometimes pain is caused by a single tender knot in a muscle. Trigger point dry needling causes these knots to twitch, which relaxes the muscle and reduces the pain symptoms.
- Many treatment possibilities: Dry needling can be used to treat conditions ranging from headaches, neck and back pain to sciatica, golfer’s elbow, and overuse injuries, among others.
- Few side effects: Dry needling has few side effects, and those that do occur are generally mild. Most patients only experience skin bruising or mild muscle soreness. Other treatments for chronic pain, like surgery and prescription pain medications, can carry much more serious risks and side effects.