Trigger point dry needling is a technique that we use to help reduce, or eliminate the pain caused by trigger points in the muscle.
A trigger point (also commonly talked about as a knot ) is a taut band in your muscle that is hyperirritable. It can cause pain, not only directly around the tight band, but it can also cause referred pain to somewhere else in the body. For example you can get big toe pain that is coming directly from a trigger point in your shin! Your body can form trigger points for many reasons, including when a muscle is put under stress, or injured. When they developed these trigger points it can be very tough to get rid of them, and they can start affecting the rest of your body.
The way dry needling, (otherwise called trigger point needling) works, is that we insert a needle into your muscle, and find one of these trigger points. When this happens it causes a twitch response of the muscle. This twitch is the muscle suddenly contracting and relaxing. This twitch helps us reset this area of your muscle, helps increase blood flow, and releases the trigger point that may be causing you pain.
If you have any areas of your body you feel have lots of knots, or you are getting an ache or pain somewhere, then trigger point needling maybe something that can help.
Our physiotherapists and remedial Massage therapists both use dry needling as part of treatment. You’ll need an assessment first to determine the source of your pain, and whether dry needling will help you.
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