Trigger Point Dry Needling is an effective therapy to treat muscular tension and spasm, which commonly accompany conditions such as arthritis, nerve irritation, muscle strains, ligament sprains, and herniated discs.
WHAT IS TRIGGER POINT DRY NEEDLING (TDN)?
- TDN uses solid filament needles inserted through the skin and into the muscle to release painful myofascial trigger points
- It is called “dry needling” because there is no solution injected as with a hypodermic needle during a flu shot
- With dry needling, the treatment is the needle itself and the effects it produces within the tissue: releasing the deepest tissue, it allows for improvements in movement and pain
HOW DOES TDN WORK?
- TDN uses small, solid filament needles which are inserted into painful knotted muscles to create a local twitch reflex. This twitch reflex is both diagnostic and therapeutic, as it is the first step in breaking the pain cycle. Research shows that activating the local twitch reflex through TDN helps to decrease muscle contraction, reduce chemical irritation, improve flexibility, and decrease pain
- During TDN treatment the body recognizes the needle as a foreign invader, activating the body’s immune system on a global level
- When a needle is inserted into a muscle it produces a controlled lesion, cutting between three to fifteen thousand individual muscle fibers. The cut muscle fibers produce a reaction that the body responds to both locally and systemically to reduce inflammation
WHAT TYPES OF CONDITIONS CAN TDN ASSIST?
- Neck/Back Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Tennis/Golfers Elbow
- Hip and Gluteal Pain
- Knee Pain
- Achilles Tendonitis/Tendonosis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Muscular Strains/Ligament Sprains
- Chronic Pain
- Athletic Performance
DOES TDN HURT?
You may or may not feel the insertion of the needle. The specific needle manipulation is intended to produce a local twitch response that can elicit a very brief (less than a second) painful response some patients describe as a deep ache or cramping sensation. Again, the therapeutic response occurs with the elicitation of the local twitch response and is a desirable reaction.