There are certain circumstances where pain persists despite an available treatment because of muscles that have developed into knots. This is called myofascial pain, and knotted areas are called trigger points. These trigger points are painful and highly sensitive when touched.
Physical therapists may use the technique of dry needling (DN), also called trigger point dry needling. This is the modern practice of pushing thin solid needles through the skin into trigger points to stimulate the tissue.
The technique releases tension and muscle spasm in the knotted area, stimulating the body to discharge natural pain-blocking and anti-inflammatory chemicals. This eases tension, inflammation, and pressure in the muscles that allow patients to move more freely because of the immediate pain relief.
Why you should consider trigger point dry needling
Dry Needling is often confused with acupuncture. The difference between the two is that acupuncture has been used by the Chinese for thousands of years as an alternative treatment to relieve pain by opening a person’s energy flow or chi. Dry needling has been around only in the last two decades and is designed to stimulate trigger points to ease persisting, irritable pain. Some of the pains alleviated by practicing dry needling are as follows:
- Low back pain/tension
- Neck pain
- Tennis elbow
- Spinal dysfunction
- Joint dysfunction
- And more
If you suffer from such pain, consider consulting with highly specialized professionals like those here at Fusion Physical Therapy, to determine if administering the DN technique is right for you.
Side-effects of dry needling
Dry needling has many benefits and just a few side natural effects that are not serious to your health, like:
- minor abrasion
- trivial bleeding
- temporary soreness
How we can help
Fusion Physical Therapy has experienced and highly-trained physical therapists certified to perform this technique. It will be part of an overall treatment plan that includes exercise, manual therapy, and education.
Our physical therapists are equipped with the latest techniques in handling these types of issues. After a thorough evaluation of your particular case, our team of professionals here at Fusion Physical Therapy will design the best, personalized treatment program possible, utilizing the latest in innovative techniques, to bring you optimum relief.
Contact us today and schedule an appointment so you can start your journey back to a pain-free lifestyle.