(TDN)Trigger Point Dry Needling/Intramuscular Manual Therapy, also known as Dry Needling is a technique that utilizes small needles to deactivate trigger points (typically hypersensitive areas) and “loosen” shortened muscles. Trigger points in the body can cause pain at that location and can even cause referred pain into other nearby body parts, ultimately resulting in a loss of function. Once the trigger point has “loosened,” there should be a decrease in pain and improvement in function. The treatment likely has an effect on multiple systems in the body, including the immune/inflammatory, biomechanical, vascular, and neuro-musculoskeletal systems.
The primary goal of dry needling is to “calm down” supersensitive structures, restore/improve motion and functional mobility, and possibly create a healing response in the tissue.
What Does it Do?
The primary goal of dry needling is to “calm down” supersensitive structures, restore/improve motion and functional mobility, and possibly create a healing response in the tissue. Dry needling is a highly effective treatment, and unequaled in identifying and eliminating these referring or “hidden” sources of neuromuscular disorder.
The treatment involves identifying the source of the pain and advancing a small filament needle into the related muscles, eliciting a small twitch response and then relaxing the muscle. The indentification and stimulation of the these trigger points can “reboot” or “reset” the muscle to alleviate both the original problem area as well as secondary pain. Many patient experience dramatic pain relief and improved function in just a few treatments, often with lasting relief.
What it is not.
Trigger Point Dry Needling/Intramuscular Manual Therapy is not Acupuncture. Acupuncture is a treatment based on Eastern Medical Diagnosis requiring training in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Use of needles is only one part of the treatment for Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners and Acupunctuists. There are numerous other techniques to assess and treat. Some of which include; herbs, nutrition, psychology, tongue and pulse diagosis, balancing chi and assessing meridians. Needles are only one part of treatment for Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners.