What is Trigger Point Dry Needling?
Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPDN) is a therapy used to treat muscular tension and spasms which commonly accompany conditions such as chronic pain from neck/back/shoulder/hip/knee/etc., headaches, arthritis, strains, plantar fasciitis, herniated discs, and more by using small acupuncture-type needles inserted directly into the muscle tissue, into a trigger point, to help reduce pain and improve range of motion. The needles do not have a cutting edge like a hypodermic needle that would be used to receive a shot. Because of these specialized needles, it tends to be less uncomfortable than the typical needle used for an injection.
Inflammation is produced from damaged tissues when they go into a protective tension state to guard against further damage from using the injured tissue. This inflammation limits both the oxygen rich blood reaching the injury and the waste products leaving the injury. The injury site, now decreased in oxygen, produces fibrosis or scar tissue. This limits the tissues' ability to fully function properly. Trigger point dry needling is an effective way to treat trigger points present in the muscle tissue. Physicians have used trigger point injections for many years to inject a local anesthetic directly into the trigger point.
With trigger point dry needling, there is no medication required to alleviate muscle tension. In addition to addressing the trigger points within muscles, it is also important to correct postural alignment and strengthen muscle weaknesses that may be contributing to your symptoms. Inefficient movement patterns and postural deficits that may be contributing to your condition will be identified and corrected.
An exercise program will be developed at your initial evaluation specifically tailored to you to address muscle imbalances found at your initial evaluation to work in conjunction with trigger point dry needling. You will learn how to stretch tight muscles to help decrease stress placed on painful joints, and how to strengthen muscles that will help stabilize the body, and prevent recurrence of symptoms or return of the trigger point. It is very important to have good stability throughout the trunk and neck to support the spine and allow the body to perform as efficiently as possible.
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