Myofascial Triggerpoint Needling is a technique for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. The technique uses a “dry”needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle.
Myofascial Triggerpoint Needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles, and supported by research.
What is a Trigger Point?
A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch, and touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body.
What Kind of Needles Are Used?
Dry needling involves a thin filiform needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues. The needle allows a therapist to target tissues that are not manually palpable.
The therapist wears gloves and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when dry needling, consistent with standard precautions for infection prevention. The sterile needles are disposed of in a medical sharps collector.
Why Myofascial Triggerpoint Needling ?
In cases when dry needling is used by a therapist, it is typically one technique that’s part of a larger treatment plan. Therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Preliminary research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalises dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up the patient’s return to active rehabilitation.
The Benefits of Dry Needling Treatment
- Neck and Back Pain
- Frozen Shoulder
- Tennis Elbow
- Anterior Knee Pain
- Muscle Spasms
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Calf & Shin Pain