Trigger Point Dry Needling Write Up for the Website.
Trigger point dry needling as defined by the American Physical Therapy Association(APTA), is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. (2013)
Here at Evidence Physical Therapy we sometimes incorporate trigger point dry needling into our treatment for patients in whom we have found a trigger point. A trigger point is an area of a muscle which has tightened up involuntarily and often causes pain to be “referred”, or felt in other places away from it. You may have colloquially heard this been referred to as a “knot” in the muscle.
During this procedure, you can expect to feel twitching or cramp-like sensations when the physical therapist inserts the needle into the trigger point in your muscle, but once the needle is removed this sensation will cease. Muscle soreness after the procedure is normal and may linger for 1-2 days afterwards. However, your original pain symptoms are expected to be decreased after the procedure and the soreness wears off. Other benefits of trigger point dry needling include improved range of motion of the affected joint, and improved activation of the involved muscles.
Our therapists here at Evidence Physical Therapy have completed the necessary training and are certified to safely perform trigger point dry needling on our patients. Dry needling is just one(1) tool in our skilled PTs toolbox. However, there is ample evidence to support the idea that dry needling is a quick and safe procedure and has proven to be effective for the management of chronic myofascial pain/dysfunction.
Here are some of the words our patients have used to describe this procedure: transformation, amazing, Instant results, unbelievable, …We want you to experience the same pain relieve.