Trigger-point dry needling – A fine needle or acupuncture needle is inserted into the skin and muscle during this process. It targets hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule in a taut band. Trigger point dry needling can be carried out at superficial or deep tissue level.
The trigger point is a clear and tangible cause of pain, and it usually consists of several contracted knots in the muscle that feel like tight bands. These “muscle knots” can be painful, restrict motion, and hinder performance. They can get worse over time if not treated. Physical therapists use trigger point dry needling to help them get rid of these knots. A sterile thin filament/acupuncture needle is inserted into a tight or sore muscle. It’s called “dry needling” because no drug is pumped into the body, unlike a steroid injection. A twitch response is elicited when the needle penetrates the knots in a muscle, signalling the painful trigger point’s release or deactivation and the muscle’s physiology changes at the cellular level to enhance calcium absorption, circulation, tissue remodelling, and healing. This procedure is comparable to re-booting a computer’s hard drive.
Improved movement is always felt right away, and discomfort is reduced within 24 hours. A permanent beneficial result is usually achieved after a few therapy sessions (once a week for 2-3 weeks)
Kanata Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Clinic has been serving Kanata, Stittsville, West Ottawa, Nepean and surrounding areas for over 15 years. To book an appointment with a Physiotherapist who provides TDN and/or Acupuncture, or for any questions about fees, please contact us.