trigger point dry needling

Get to the point.

Dry Needling is a general term for a manual therapeutic treatment procedure which involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the location of a "trigger point," or knot in your muscles typically associated with muscle tightness, pain and dysfunction.

It is considered "dry" because there is no injectable solution. Dry needling utilizes a hair-thin, solid, and flexible filament needle, which most patients do not even notice penetrate the skin.

When advanced into the muscle, the feeling can vary from patient to patient. Very little discomfort will be felt from a healthy muscle, but if the muscle has an active trigger point, the subject may feel a sensation much like a muscle cramp. The purpose of this treatment is to elicit this reflex, known as a "twitch response," which has a biochemical effect of deactivating the trigger point, thereby reducing pain and restoring function of the muscle involved muscle.

Dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention, with very few side effects. This technique is unequaled in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits.

How does Trigger Point Dry Needling work?
TDN, sometimes referred to as Intramuscular Manual Therapy (IMT), works by placing a needle into the location of a trigger point. The trained therapist then works to elicit a local twitch response. This reflex is both diagnostic and therapeutic, resulting in deactivation of the trigger point.

What are trigger points and how do they form?
Myofascial trigger points are “knots” in muscles that contribute to pain and decreased muscle function. Trigger points may be caused by overuse, postural faults, acute injury, and metabolic imbalances.

Why is it called “dry” needling?
Dry needling, which uses a solid needle, contrasts with the use of hollow (hypodermic) needles used for injections to be inserted into the tissues.

Is dry needling similar to acupuncture?
Dry Needling is not based on Eastern Meridians but on research-validated trigger points. The only similarity is the use of the same solid filament needles. Whereas traditional acupuncture uses needles to move energy channels, TDN treats specific muscles to deactivate painful trigger points and restore function.

How long is the treatment process?
TDN is never a treatment by itself, but is done in conjunction with other physical therapy treatments.

How will I know if it is working?
Typically positive results are apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms, overall health of the patient, and experience level of the practitioner.

What are the qualifications of my therapist?
Our therapist utilizes KinetaCore® approach and training and is certified in a technique known as Functional Dry Needling®.

Watch this video to learn more about this treatment.