Trigger Point Dry Needling

Dry needing is a technique used by our physical therapists for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. It requires the use of a "dry" needle, without medical or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle. We focus on trigger points, or a tight areas within muscle tissue, that are not manually palpable and cause pain in other parts of the body. We use dry needling with the end goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain in the body or improve range of motion. 

Dry Needling Benefits

There are many benefits to dry needling including: 

  • A large increase of blood flow at the site of the needles; which aids healing
  • A release of serotonin and endorphins -- natural pain and stress fighters; 
  • Analgesic (or numbing) effect at the site of the needle which causes disruption of the pain-signal and provides an alternate stimulant;
  • Signals are sent to the central nervous system, which responds through pain and a natural healing response;
  • Ability to move more freely with the restricted area.

Safety Issues and Pain Levels

Acupuncture needles are individually wrapped, sterile needles that are used once and then disposed of as medical waste. The needles are approximately .25 mm thick. The most commonly used hypodermic needles (for injections, blood tests, etc.) are between .8-1.5 mm thick. Most people only feel a small prick as the needle is inserted--commonly followed by a muscle twitch and a deep, dull ache. Many people experience no pain at all. 

Contact us today to make your appointment for trigger point dry needling! 

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