Trigger Point Dry Needling
Trigger point syndrome and other musculoskeletal conditions, such as pinched nerves and headaches, cause debilitating pain and decreased muscle function. It often occurs in your arms or neck. The irritated, hard knots that you feel just under your skin at the source of your pain consist of taut bands of muscle fiber that lock down and are unable to release.
- Are you afraid of needles but wonder if what everyone is saying might be true? Trigger point dry needling techniques have come a long way and don’t need to scare you. The pain relief you’ll get is well worth the anxiety you may feel for a moment. Find out about the benefits of the procedure.
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What Conditions Can Trigger Point Dry Needling Treat?
Trigger pain makes normal everyday tasks much more difficult, as pain and reduced movement affect your ability to complete those tasks. Trigger point dry needling provides an alternative pain control method backed by research and modern understanding of anatomy.
While the primary association for dry needling is for trigger point muscle pain and weakness, other musculoskeletal conditions can benefit from this therapeutic procedure too. Conditions that we often treat with trigger point dry needling include:
- Sports injuries
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Poor posture concerns
- Concussion symptoms
- Pinched nerves
Causes of Trigger Point Pain
Often referred to as myofascial pain syndrome, trigger point pain and other conditions can cause local or referred symptoms during movement or palpitation. Causes for trigger points developing include:
- Injury or trauma
- Continued strain
- Other underlying syndromes
A Pain Control Option
Trigger point dry needling has been an option for many years, but as the opioid crisis and addiction issues become more relevant, the practice is receiving renewed interest. A properly trained professional, using protective gloves and other personal protection equipment — as well as thin, dry, sterile needles — targets deeper muscle bands than ordinary manual palpitation can reach.
Your ReBalance therapist inserts a very thin, filiform needle into specific areas to cause the tightened muscle band to release. Combined with stretching exercises after the removal of the needles, trigger point dry needling provides the following benefits:
- Greater blood flow and circulation from localized bleeding to provide healing of compromised muscles
- Decompression of tissues surrounding painfully firing nerves
- Reduced muscle tension overall
- Normalized function of the motor end plates where nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles, providing analgesic qualities
- Improved pain control
- Reintroduction of relaxed feeling to muscles previously caught in binding, painful sensations
- Eliciting the release and production of key chemicals within the muscle responsible for pain-suppression and healing
One of the most notable characteristics of trigger point dry needling is the ability of the physical therapist to reach areas formerly inaccessible because of their depth. Your Rebalance therapist usually combines dry needling with stretching exercises and other manipulation techniques such as electrical stimulation procedures and heat and ice therapies.
Benefits of Trigger Point Dry Needling
Some of the benefits of trigger point dry needling include:
- Reduction or cessation of prescription pain medicines
- Targeted therapy accessing the specific pain points and muscle contractions
- Understanding of need for individualized treatment options
- Providing a specific technique for more accurate treatment
Eliciting what is known as a twitch response, similar to a mild cramp, this process is different from acupuncture because the needles are left in for only a short time and target the areas of discomfort, treating the specific neuromuscular problems that are causing pain and decreased mobility.
Join NYC Men Who’ve Found Rapid Pain Relief
Most men find the procedure to be relatively painless and the subsequent pain reduction in the muscle area or head to be significant and well worth any slight discomfort. Common side effects may include a slight ache or pinched feeling, and some men also occasionally note a tired feeling, but this soon passes and resuming daily activity is recommended.
Trigger point dry needling’s resurgence signals another methodology in our options for your pain treatment and rehabilitation. When dealing with painful trigger point syndrome, this gives you another option for treating your pain and resuming a healthy, active lifestyle.