The trigger point is a direct and palpable source of pain, often containing multiple contracted knots in the muscle that may feel like tight bands. These “muscle knots” can cause pain, limit motion and affect performance. If left untreated, they can worsen over time. Trigger point dry needling is a treatment used by physical therapists to eliminate these trigger points. It involves inserting a sterile thin filament/acupuncture needle into the tight or sore muscle. If you want to avail the best treatment of dry needling in Wetherill Park, you should search online.
It is called “dry needling” because, unlike a steroid injection, no substance is put into the body. When the needle penetrates the knots in a muscle, it elicits a twitch response, indicating a release or deactivation of the painful trigger point. At the cellular level, the muscle’s physiology changes to better absorb calcium, improve circulation, encourage tissue remodelling and promote healing. This process can be compared to rebooting the hard drive on a computer.
What are the Advantages of Dry Needling?
- Access – The advantage over other techniques is that we can treat parts of the muscle and deeper layers of muscles which our hands and fingers cannot reach, and it works faster than a massage at relaxing the muscles.
- No Drugs – There are no drugs used in dry needling, so we can treat many trigger points during each treatment.
- Immediate Relief – Deactivation of the trigger points can bring immediate relief of symptoms, and then we can immediately stretch and train the muscles to work in their new pain-free range of motion. Thus, results are achieved with dry needling which cannot be obtained with any other treatment.
Does Dry Needling Hurt?
We use very thin filament needles. The initial feeling of the needle entering through the skin is very minimal; much less than a vaccination or having blood drawn. Once the needle reaches the muscle, the twitch sensation feels more like a deep cramp and doesn’t last long (15-30 seconds). Muscle soreness after a treatment session, may last 12-24 hours, commonly called being “needle sore” but the long-term results are worth it!
Will Dry Needling Help Me?
Individuals who see good results with massage, but are disappointed when the discomfort returns, will find dry needling a better way to get longer-lasting and deeper relief. Dry Needling allows us to treat almost any muscle in the body, and treat the muscle at depths impossible with other types of bodywork. Many trigger points are just too deep in the tissue for massage, even deep tissue work, to treat effectively. Dry needling is a great way to get more out of your physical therapy by allowing us to eliminate the deep knots and restrictions that have, up until now, been unreachable.