The trigger point is a clear and tangible cause of pain, often containing several clenched knots in the muscle that feel like tight bands. These “muscle knots” can cause discomfort, restrict mobility, and impair results. They will deteriorate over time if left untreated. Physical trainers use trigger point dry needling to treat these trigger points.
It entails injecting a sterile thin filament/acupuncture needle into the sore or tight muscle, referred to as “dry needling”, because no drug is injected into the bloodstream instead of a steroid injection. Whenever a needle is inserted into a muscle knot, it causes a twitch reaction, signalling the painful trigger point’s release or deactivation. Muscle physiology improves at the molecular level to increase calcium absorption, circulation, tissue remodelling, and healing. This procedure is analogous to re-booting a computer’s hard drive.
In some instances, increased movement occurs immediately, and pain relief occurs within 24 hours. Typically, a few therapy sessions (once a week for 2-3 weeks) are needed for a long-term beneficial result.
Access – The benefit over other methods is that we can handle areas of the muscle and deeper levels of muscles that our hands and fingertips cannot penetrate. It works better than relaxation at calming the muscles.
No Drugs – Since there are no medications involved in dry needling, we will treat many trigger points during each session.
Relief – Once the trigger points are deactivated, we will quickly flex and prepare the muscles to perform with their current pain-free range of motion. As a consequence, dry needling produces outcomes that no other procedure will match.
Both programs have the same needles, so that’s when the similarities cease. Our fundamental definition of acupuncture is that it is an Eastern medicine technique that emphasizes energy or flows about the body’s meridians. On the other side, Dry needling is a Western medicine procedure in which we treat particular pain areas in the muscles.
We use excellent filament needles. The needle’s initial experience entering the skin is much milder than that of receiving a vaccine or having blood drawn. When the needle enters the muscle, the twitch reflex is almost an intense cramp that lasts for a few seconds. Muscle soreness after a therapy session can last 12-24 hours and is widely referred to as “needle sore,” but the long-term benefits are well worth it!
Individuals who have positive effects with massage but are frustrated when the pain returns will find dry needling to be a great way to provide longer-lasting and more profound relief. Dry needling helps one handle virtually every muscle in the body at depths not achievable for other bodywork forms. Many trigger points are too deep in the tissue for massage, or deep tissue practice, to successfully handle. Dry needling is a perfect way to get more out of physical therapy by removing deep knots and restraints previously unreachable.
We like to start gently during the first session to give you a feel for the technique. The first session will concentrate on a few main muscles that are central to your issues. These primary areas will provide great relaxation with minor soreness. Subsequent therapies will address more complex areas to fine-tune the effect. Sessions usually are spaced 5-7 days apart, and you can see a significant change after just 2 or 3 sessions.
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You would know the improvement has happened immediately after the session because you may experience minor discomfort and more mobility. You will be sore in the same way as you would be after a vigorous workout. The muscle will feel tired, and the soreness will last anywhere from a few hours to a day or two, so it won’t disrupt the daily routine. We recommend that you stay healthy through this period to avoid soreness. You will resume your daily tasks and workout schedule. Within a day or two, you’ll notice a fresh and long-lasting sensation of minor discomfort and tightness. The accident and suffering you felt were permanent would begin to fade. If you have long-term, chronic muscle pain, we would appreciate the chance to discuss this treatment choice in more depth and answer any questions you might have.
Your Physiotherapist at Kanata Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Clinic is trained through post-graduate course work in the use of both Trigger Point Dry Needling and Acupuncture and will be more than happy to discuss the benefits of both options with you.
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