Dry needling is an intervention that uses thin filiform needles to penetrate the skin and stimulate the underlying neural tissue, connective tissue and muscular trigger points. The stimulation triggers the body’s natural healing response to speed the healing process, improve circulation, reduce peripheral inflammation, increase vasodilation, reverse centrally mediated pain and create a localized pain-diminishing response. The effects of dry needling can be dramatic and, along with other physical therapy modalities, are intended to create long-term relief from pain and impairment.
What is Trigger Pont Dry Needling?
Trigger Point Dry Needling is a common technique employed for decreasing pain and improving muscle function through the penetration of a trigger point in the muscle. A trigger point is a point of exquisite tenderness in a taut muscle band. The tissue at the trigger point is often ischemic due to the tightness in the muscle, which in turn decreases the ability of the body to clear the chemical messengers that are perpetuating muscle tightness. When penetrated, those chemical messengers are cleared, often producing a muscle twitch, thereby restoring balance to the muscle tissue.
Dry needling is commonly used to improve outcomes in the following:
- Chronic pain conditions
- Back, sacroiliac and neck pain
- Sciatica and Radiculopathies
- Joint pain and degenerative conditions in knees, hips, shoulders or elbows
- Post-surgical pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Bell’s Palsy.