Trigger Point Dry Needling

(Available at all our clinics)

Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) is the use of solid filiform needles to relieve pain in muscles and connective tissue, which is why it is also known as "intramuscular stimulation" and "intramuscular manual therapy". The aim of dry needling is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and pain. A twitch response is an involuntary spinal cord reflex in which the muscle fibers in the taut band of muscle contract, followed by an immediate and long-lasting relaxation.

When muscles develop trigger points, they often become shortened and can create compression on the structures around them, which can cause immense pain and impair your ability to lengthen and/or contract a muscle. Dry needling deactivates these trigger points, which draws white blood cells and plasma cells into the area and create a healing response.

Dry needling is an effective treatment for chronic pain with very few side effects. This technique is unequaled in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits. Dry needling is quickly becoming a very popular modality in medical and chiropractic offices nationally because of its ability to "deactivate" or "shut down" painful or knotted areas deep within muscles and connective tissue.

Dry needling works best for people with overuse injuries, chronic pain and sports injuries. It is not appropriate for people with new injuries that are swollen and acutely painful. And, it be appropriate for people with excessively loose joints. Contact us at any of our clinics to set up an appointment. We can then evaluate you and determine if dry needling or a different treatment will work best for your condition.

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