Table of Contents
- What Should You Know About Dry Needling?
- What is a Trigger Point?
- Trigger Point Dry Needling: On-Point Pain Relief
- What Kind of Needles Are Used?
Dry needling is a method used by physical therapists to treat pain and movement problems. A “dry” needle that does not involve any drug or injection is inserted through the skin into muscle areas.
Dry needling is also known by other names, such as trigger point dry needling and intramuscular manual therapy.
Acupuncture, which is based on traditional Chinese medicine and done by acupuncturists, is not dry needling. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine values that have been scientifically validated.
A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle that runs through a wider muscle group. Touching a trigger point can cause pain in other areas of the body.
A poke of a small needle may often be all that’s needed to relieve a sore, knotted muscle that has defied all other types of treatment. One of the reasons why trigger point dry needling is becoming more common as a supplement to physical therapy is this.
The procedure involves sticking a needle into muscle tissue and pinpointing the trigger points that cause pain in your muscles, tendons, and joints.
Here are some other points to know about trigger point dry needling:
It’s quick – The physical therapist will find the trigger points that are causing the discomfort and use a needle to gently massage them before a twitch response occurs, signalling that the muscle knot has been released.
It may or may not hurt – It may feel like a tickle to some people, but it may be excruciatingly painful for others. Most people will feel muscle soreness afterward as if they had worked out, but this will subside in one or two days.
It’s not acupuncture – Acupuncture and dry needling are not the same things. So, although the needle penetration is very similar, the philosophy is very different.
May need more than one session – To get permanent relief, you will need two to four sessions spaced one to two weeks apart, depending on the nature of your muscle tightness.
A thin filiform needle penetrates the skin and activates underlying myofascial trigger points, as well as muscular and connective tissues, during dry needling. A physical therapist may use the arrow to target tissues that are difficult to feel with their hands.
When dry needling, physical therapists follow the Standard Precautions, Guide to Infection Prevention for Outpatient Settings, and OSHA guidelines by wearing gloves and adequate personal protective equipment (PPE). Medical sharps collectors are used to disposing of sterile needles.
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