Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN)

Are you struggling to find relief from tight muscles that just won’t
relax no matter what you do?

Fast muscle relief is here.

Is TDN right for me?

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.


Herniated Discs



  • Neck
  • Shoulder
  • Back
  • Hip/Gluteal
  • Knee
  • Calf

Achilles Tendonitis/Tendonosis


Plantar Fasciitis




Muscular Tension & Spasm

  • Muscle or ligaments strains



Tennis/Golfers Elbow




Nerve Irritation

How many of these symptoms apply to you? If the answer is at least one, come talk to our physical therapist. Schedule a free consultation.

What is Trigger Point Dry Needling?

TDN is an intramuscular manual therapy method used to treat pain and restore function. 

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.

This technique is unequaled in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits.


Take action, reach out, and let’s talk.

The first step toward recovery is to schedule an appointment with us.

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.

TDN is an effective therapy to treat muscular tension and spasm which commonly accompanies conditions such as muscle/ligament strains, nerve irritation, arthritis, and herniated discs.

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?

Both dry needling and acupuncture involve the insertion of thin needles into certain parts of the body, but the similarities stop there. 

Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice rooted in traditional Chinese medicine and based on Eastern medicine philosophies to help alleviate pain or help treat various health conditions. 

Dry needling is a technique employed by physical therapists that follows evidence-based guidelines targeting specific tissues to decrease pain, addressed neuromuscular control, and/or improve range of motion.  Practically, how needles are utilized and what effect you are trying to make with the needle are completely different.

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®.

What does the treatment feel like? Is it painful?

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.


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Trigger Point Dry Needling Physical Therapist

Be treated by a specialist.

Physical therapist, Dr. Ben Kim, PT, DPT

Benjamin Kim, PT, DPT  is a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Call 217-398-9800 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with a physical therapist.

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