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Trigger Point Dry Needling

Alleviate Your Myofascial Pain

Dry needling, also known as trigger point dry needling, is a type of treatment designed to ease and treat myofascial pain. This form of treatment involves using a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, and inserting it into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point.

What Are Myofascial Trigger Points?

Muscles can develop knotted areas called myofascial trigger points. Myofascial trigger points are tender spots in muscles and tendons where contracted fibers have irritated other fibers around them. Individuals that have trigger points often report pain that results in decreased range of motion. Other symptoms associated with trigger points include headaches, jaw pain, muscle aches, and ringing in the ear. 

Causes of Trigger Points

In most cases, trigger points occur because of muscle overuse, muscle trauma, or psychological stress. Other causes of trigger points include:

  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor posture 
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Activities that cause repetitive stress

Dry Needling for Myofascial Trigger Points

Dry needling is a treatment used by physical therapists to eliminate trigger points. Your physical therapist will begin by inserting a thin, sterile needle into the skin where the trigger point is located. When the needle penetrates the trigger point, it stimulates that specific trigger point, which helps draw normal blood supply back to flush out the area and ultimately release the tension.

Conditions Dry Needling Treats

Dry needling may be used to treat the following conditions:

  • Sports injuries
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain
  • Shoulder pain and stiffness
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • And so much more.

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The physical therapists at ReShape have been trained and certified in manual and therapeutic exercise, including dry needling. Curious if dry needling could help you? Give us a call at (833) 493-4325 or fill out our form below.

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