TDN involves inserting needles into painful or tight muscles in the body in order to relieve tension and dysfunction.
Muscular tightness and spasm commonly follow injuries and often accompany the degenerative processes. This muscular tightness and spasm will cause compression and irritation of the nerves exiting the spine. When the nerves are irritated, they cause a protective spasm of all the muscles to which they are connected. This may cause peripheral arm or leg problems such as carpal tunnel, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, decreased mobility, and chronic pain.
Practitioners of TDN are trained to insert small, thin needles in the muscles at the trigger points causing the pain referral. Once the needle hits the appropriate trigger point, the muscle will then contract and release, therefore improving flexibility of the muscle and decreasing symptoms.