Trigger Point Dry Needling

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  1. WHAT IS TRIGGER POINT DRY NEEDLING (TDN)?

Trigger point dry needling involves advances of a small needle into the muscle, targeting a "trigger point". The aim of TDN is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and pain. This technique is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain with very few side effects. If a muscle has active trigger points, the individual will feel a sensation like a muscle cramp or possibly a reproduction of the pain, followed by a release that may feel like a deep ache or burning sensation. Ultimately, this results in deactivation of the trigger point, which reduces pain, improves mobility, and restores normal function to the involved muscle.   MUSCLE.

  1. WHAT IS A "TRIGGER POINT"?

A myofascial trigger point is a tender knot in the muscle tissue. These points are located in muscles throughout the body, and when active can cause pain referral. For example, a trigger point in the buttock may cause pain down the leg and be mistaken for sciatic pain. Trigger points can also be perpetuated by car accidents or surgery, as well as the way we sleep, sit, lift, run, or walk.

  1. WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER A NEEDLING SESSION?

It is a normal response to feel some muscle soreness that is similar to post exercise soreness for a day or two following a needling session. It is helpful to apply heat to the sore areas, drink lots of water, and take NSAIDS if necessary.

     4. HOW IS TDN DIFFERENT THAN ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is based on restoring the flow of energy (chi) in the body. TDN does not have the intention of affecting these energy patterns. Instead, TDN is based on scientific principles and working knowledge of anatomy and physiology, focusing on muscles harboring the trigger points. Research has shown that TDN improves blood flow to the affected areas and increases chemical substances in the body that help to rebuild normal tissue in the region.

     5. WHAT CONDITIONS ARE EFFECTIVELY TREATED WITH TDN?

·       HEADACHES & NECK PAIN

·       ROTATOR CUFF INJURY/TENDINITIS

·       SCIATICA

·       LOW BACK PAIN

·       TENNIS ELBOW/GOLFER’S ELBOW

·       HAMSTRING/GROIN STRAIN OR TEARS

·       THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME

·       CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

·       SHIN SPLINTS

·       KNEE PAIN – PATELLOFEMORAL SYNDROME, PATELLAR TENDINITIS

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