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Trigger Point Dry Needling

Trigger Point Dry NeedlingThere 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
  • Migraines
  • Spinal dysfunction
  • Joint dysfunction
  • Sciatica
  • 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.


Trigger Point Dry Needling | Fusion Physical Therapy

Trigger Point Dry NeedlingThere are certain circumstances where, because of stubborn muscles, pain persists and resists the available treatment plans. In an effort to address this issue, physical therapists now make use of dry needling (DN), a modern practice that’s been quite effective in situations where traditional methods fail.

This relatively new practice is being used by medical specialists to rid their patients of unrelenting pain. While it is comparable to the famous Chinese technique of acupuncture, it has a different philosophy and goal. Trigger point dry needling targets trigger points so as to decrease muscular pain and local inflammation. The technique achieves this by releasing tension and muscle spasm in the stubborn muscles and stimulating the body of the patient to discharge natural pain-blocking and anti-inflammatory chemicals.

Why you should consider trigger point dry needling

At Fusion Physical Therapy, we have highly trained physical therapists with tremendous experience using this method to alleviate the pain within the least time possible. Some of the notable things about this dry needling technique include:

  • It has generated impressive results
  • There is minimal risk
  • Only a short time span is involved
  • The number of treatments varies depending on different individuals and their needs though in most cases only a few treatments are needed.
  • It should only be done by a highly trained and certified expert

At Fusion Physical Therapy we will help you get relief from back pain, headache, migraines, etc. and guarantee a favorable outcome using the DN technique.

Side effects of dry needling

While trigger point dry needling is very effective in alleviating that pain that won’t go away, it does have a few side effects. These include:

  • Minor abrasion
  • Tiredness
  • Trivial bleeding
  • Temporary soreness immediately after the treatment

How we help you

At Fusion Physical Therapy, we ensure that only experienced and well-trained physical therapists perform this technique. Our therapists take all the necessary precautions to ensure that you experience the least possible side effects. They will carry out a thorough evaluation in order to identify the best way forward for your particular situation. Contact us today and schedule an appointment.

Benefits of Trigger Point Dry Needling (TrP-DN)

Trigger Point Dry NeedlingAt Fusion Physical Therapy we specialize in Trigger Point Dry Needling (TrP-DN) as an effective way to alleviate painful and tender muscles.

What are trigger points?

Trigger points are knots within a muscle that may cause pain over a large area which may lead to challenges in performing everyday activities. In fact, when one of these trigger points is touched, it is painful and can create pain in other areas close to the initial pain point. The arm and neck are the most common locations for trigger points. This muscle pain and trigger points are sometimes called myofascial pain syndrome.

What is Dry Needling Therapy?

Dry needling is a specialized treatment technique that is invasive and desensitizes and deactivates trigger points by using an acupuncture needle. The needle is a very fine, solid filament needle that doesn’t hurt as it passes through the skin.

What is the Dry Needling Process?

The needle is repeatedly inserted into the trigger point creating a local twitch response in the muscle. This local twitch deactivates the trigger point and confirms the source of pain. This local twitch can be compared to a very mild cramping or aching sensation.

What kinds of ailments and symptoms does Dry Needling treat?

Because muscle problems tend to be a primary and in some cases a secondary contribution in many musculoskeletal conditions, Trigger Point Dry Needling helps treat the following symptoms and ailments:

  • Neck Pain
  • Muscle Tendonitis
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Rotator Cuff Problems
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Plantar Fasciitis and much more

How can the specialized therapists at Fusion Physical Therapy help me?

  • Improve blood flow
  • Eliminate tension
  • Release tight muscles
  • Reduce pain and healing of chronic muscles, tendons and joint injuries
  • Decrease pain and increase your range of motion

What can I expect at a treatment session at Fusion Physical Therapy?

Each session will take about 30 minutes although it could be more or less time depending on the nature and size of the treatable area. After one treatment your muscles will feel tired and sore as though you just left a chiropractor’s office. The pain can be alleviated with cold and heat ice packs along with stretching.

At Fusion Physical Therapy our certified therapist’s mail goal is to work with you so you can perform your daily activities without pain.  Contact us today by visiting our website at or by calling us at 580.699.5455.