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Published on April 01, 2019

Ease Trigger Point Pain with Dry Needling Therapy

Ease Trigger Point Pain with Dry Needling Therapy

If you’ve ever had a spot of pain that you struggled to relieve with conventional treatments like massage or stretching, you may benefit from Trigger Point Dry Needling. A myofascial trigger point is a small, taut band of muscle tissue that is difficult to release. The word myofascial means muscle tissue and the connective tissue in and around it. Pain caused by this taut band often results from muscle injury or repetitive strain and leads to inefficiency in muscle function as well.

“A trigger point is often tender to the touch and can cause referral pain to other areas of the body, “said Dr. Angelo Thompson, DPT, MTC. “Every muscle has a referral pattern which aids in finding the appropriate place of treatment, when performing trigger point dry needling. Dry needling can have an immediate impact in pain and tension reduction, and in conjunction with other interventions, can allow you to get back to the activities you enjoy most”.

When performing Trigger Point Dry Needling, the Physical Therapist inserts a very small filament needle into the tissue, causing a twitch response, release and localized improvement in microcirculation. “The results are improved muscle length/tension ratio and improved availability of oxygen-rich blood to the area,” says Dr. Thompson.

This intervention can be beneficial to patients experiencing:

  • Neck/Back/Shoulder/Knee /Hip/Gluteal and Chronic Pain
  • Tennis/Golfers Elbow
  • Headaches (migraine, tension, cervicogenic)
  • Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis/Tendonitis
  • Muscular and Ligament sprains
  • Sciatica
  • Athletic performance challenges

“Anyone who has attempted traditional therapy and been unable to find lasting relief may potentially benefit from Trigger Point Dry Needling”, said Dr. Thompson.

One common misconception about dry needling is that is it similar to acupuncture. While both dry needling and acupuncture use the same solid and disposable needle, this is where the similarities end, said Dr. Thompson.

“Acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine, while dry needling is based in western medical research. When combined with the extensive anatomical knowledge Physical Therapists possess, dry needling is very safe and effective,” he said.

“It is important to spare no details of what is experienced, especially during the initial session,” says Dr. Thompson. “This includes the presence of a local twitch response which may feel like an electric shock, cramp or aching sensation.”

Dr. Thompson says many patients experience immediate relief, as well as improved strength and range of motion. They may also have residual soreness and, in rare instances, bruising that typically resolves within a few hours.

For more information or to schedule an appointment today, call 919-587-4183.

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