Medical Accupuncture or Trigger Point Therapy

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling also called Trigger Point Therapy or Medical Acupuncture involves the insertion of a thin filament needle to stimulate the healing process of soft tissues (muscle, fascia, tendons and ligaments, etc.). The result of dry needling is pain relief and restoration of healthy functioning of muscles, joints, facia and tendons.

What is a "Trigger Point"?

A "trigger point" is an hypersensitive point in muscle that is associated with a palpable nodule, or “knot." This area becomes painful at a specific site and can also “radiate” to other muscles in predictable patterns.

Does Dry Needling hurt?

Healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of the needle. However if the muscle is sensitive and shortened (due to strain) or has active trigger points within it, the subject will feel a sensation like a muscle cramp (the “twitch” response) when the needle is inserted. This lasts for an instant and a warm comforting sensation usually follows.

What is the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

The objectives and philosophy behind the use of dry needling is not based on ancient theories or tenets of traditional Chinese medicine. The performance of modern dry needling is based on Neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Both Dry Needling and Acupuncture do, however, use the same tool; a solid fine filament needle.

Who can benefit from Dry Needling?

Almost anyone experiencing pain, muscle stiffness or joint problems.

Commonly treated conditions

Acute/Chronic injuries
Headaches
Neck/Back pain
Tendinitis
Muscle Spasms
Sciatica
Hip/Knee pain
Muscle strains
Fibromyalgia
Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow
Overuse injuries

Are there any side effects to Dry Needling?

Side effects may vary among individuals. Mild muscle soreness or skin bruising are the most common. Precautions are taken to reduce both these effects.

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