Trigger Point Needle Therapy – Ottawa TDN

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Its advantages and how can it help you

trigger point dry needling therapy

What is trigger point dry needling therapy?

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.

What is Dry Needling and How Can it Help You?

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.

Dry Needling, Combined With Other Physical Therapy Treatments, Can Help the Following Conditions:

  • Acute and chronic tendonitis/tendinosis
  • TMJ
  • Athletic overuse injuries
  • Shoulder pain
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Baseball throwing related tightness/discomfort
  • Neck and lower back pain
  • IT band syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Headaches and whiplash
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
  • Groin and hamstring strains
  • Hip pain and knee pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Post-traumatic injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and work-related injuries
  • Sciatic pain
  • Tennis/golfer’s elbow
  • Many other musculoskeletal conditions

How Long Does it Take for Dry Needling to Work

How Long Does it Take for Dry Needling to Work?

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)

What are the Advantages of Dry Needling?

  • Access – The benefit of this procedure over others is that it allows us to handle areas of the muscle and deeper layers of muscle that our hands and fingers cannot penetrate. It relaxes muscles faster than massage.
  • No Drugs – Since dry needling uses no medications, we can treat many trigger points in a single session.
  • Immediate Relief – Trigger point deactivation will provide instant relief of symptoms, enabling us to stretch and train the muscles to function in their new pain-free range of motion. As a consequence, dry needling produces outcomes that are not possible with any other procedure.

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.