Trigger Point Dry Needling

Trigger point dry needling is a treatment technique which uses small filament type needles to release tight muscles with the goal of permanently reducing muscle pain and dysfunction. Also known as; trigger point therapy, Trigger Point Needling, dry needling and IMS (intramuscular stimulation). Physical therapists/physiotherapists are now using this technique around the world to effectively treat acute and chronic orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions.

What to expect

The needle used is very thin and many clients do not even feel it penetrate the skin. A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of this needle. However if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the client will feel a sensation like a muscle cramp -‘the twitch response’. The client also may feel a reproduction of “their” pain which is a helpful diagnostic indicator for the practitioner attempting to diagnose the cause of the symptoms. Clients soon learn to recognize and even welcome this sensation as it results in deactivating the trigger point, reducing pain and restoring normal length function to the involved muscle.

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