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Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a technique often advocated for the elimination of active trigger points. Dry needling is an effective way to deactivate trigger points in taut muscle bands found in chronic musculoskeletal pain syndromes.

Acupuncture needles (Myotherapy pins) may be used and inserted perpendicularly through the skin down on to the tender, palpable taut band. There is increased resistance to the needle in the area of the trigger point compared to the surrounding normal muscle.

When the needle makes contact with the trigger point, the patient feels an acute pain of varying intensity at the site of injection, in the area of pain referral or both. More often, a twitch response will occur in the muscle when contact is made.

Dry needling of a number of trigger points can be done at each treatment session. Up to three or four treatment sessions may be required initially to eliminate the trigger point.

Following dry needling there will be some residual local pain and tenderness. If the needling has elicited a painful response, then a heat pack is applied to the area for 10-15 minutes after the treatment.

Dry needling is both efficient and safe. The technique is used to effectively treat both acute and chronic orthopeadic and musculoskeletal conditions. It is not uncommon for patients to report a reduction in pain and improved flexibility after just one treatment.

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