Trigger Point Dry Needling

Trigger Point Dry Needling

Dry Needling or trigger point dry needling (TDN). It is a safe, effective and efficient treatment option.

Quick Lesson:

TDN can relax myofascial trigger points, and restore normal muscle tones, muscle length, coordination, function and strength. Dry needling involves insertion and manipulation of a "dry", solid filament needle in a trigger point in order to produce an involuntary spinal cord reflex, also known as a local twitch response (LTR). This results in lasting muscle relaxation due to the release of shortened bands of muscle fibers for overactive (tight) muscles or the activation of under-active (weak) muscles. Deactivation of the trigger points can bring immediate relief of symptoms, so the therapist can immediately train the muscles to work with the newly gained pain free range of motion (ROM).

Dry needling has successfully been used to treat a variety of conditions including:

  • Head and Neck Pain - including whiplash and headaches / migraines, degenerative joint disease, degenerative disc disease or osteoarthritis
  • Shoulder Pain - including rotator cuff muscle tears, bursitis, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), tendonitis and impingement syndrome
  • Elbow Pain - including lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) and medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow)
  • Hand and Wrist Pain - including gamekeeper's thumb, DeQuervain's syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, degenerative joint disease and osteoarthritis
  • Back Pain - including lumbar degenerative disc disease, arthritic changes and herniated discs
  • Hip Pain - including iliotibial band syndrome (IT band syndrome), piriformis syndrome, sciatica and arthritis
  • Knee Pain - including sprained or strained ligaments, cartilage tears, tendonitis and osteoarthritis
  • Shin / Ankle / Foot Pain - including shin splints, gout, metatarsalgia and Morton's neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
  • Acute and Chronic Tendonitis
  • Athletic and Sports-related Overuse Injuries
  • Post-surgical Pain
  • Post-traumatic Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA), and Work-related Injuries
  • Other Chronic Pain Conditions - including osteoarthritis and myofascial pain / myofascial pain syndrome (MPS)