Trigger Point Dry Needling
Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPDN) is a therapy utilized at Active Life for myofascial pain & movement impairments. A relative of traditional acupuncture, TPDN involves applying hypodermic acupuncture needles into the skin & underlying muscles to stimulate & relieve myofascial trigger points & connective tissue. It is referred to as "Dry Needling" because nothing is injected into the body like your typical shot (Wet needling). Myofascial Trigger points are hyper-irritable spots in the fascia surrounding skeletal muscle. These spots are tender to the touch or with pressure and usually feel like a "knot" or "band" in the muscle. The insertion and manipulation of the acupuncture needle in the trigger point can cause a "twitch response" within the muscle. This twitch response results in the release and deactivation of myofascial trigger points causing relief of pain and improved range of motion.
Research has shown TPDN improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help to speed up the healing process for injuries. A major advantage to dry needling is that we can treat parts of muscle and deeper layers of muscle that other therapies simply cannot reach. The deactivation of these trigger points may bring an immediate relief of symptoms.
*Note: At Active Life Dry needling is used in conjunction with chiropractic care, if desired by the patient. Dry needling is not covered by insurance and patient will be charged a $10 needle fee.
Benefits of Dry Needling
Mobilizes blood flow to promote healing
Regulates aspects of the Autonomic nervous system
Deep relaxation of muscle fascia