Dry needling is a relatively new way to treat myofascial pain in the US. Myofascial pain is characterized by “trigger points” that can cause long-term pain and dysfunction, along with referred pain.
A small needle is inserted directly into the tissue, which creates a lesion in the tissue. This triggers the body’s natural healing response to send blood, healing chemicals and nutrients to that specific area.
There are two different techniques: trigger point dry needling (TPDN) and traditional dry needling (DN).
- Traditional dry needling causes a lesion in the tissue that your body wants to heal. Your body sends blood, chemicals and nutrients to the area to help the body heal. A 1-inch needle cuts through 3,000 muscle fibers, a 3-inch needle cuts through 100,000 muscle fibers. No matter how good your physical therapist’s or massage therapist’s hands are, they cannot get that deep. These needles are left in for 8-15 minutes. Your body will have that OMG response anywhere from 2 minutes to 3 days after needle removal; everyone’s body responds differently. This technique is virtually pain free.
- Trigger point dry needling (TPDN) is another dry needling technique. Your therapist will palpate your tissue for an active trigger point and then place a needle it. The needle will penetrate the trigger point to help break it up. You should get a twitch response. While this technique is more uncomfortable than DN, it is more effective in certain parts of the body. You can experience some muscle soreness for a few hours after TPDN.
Dry needling is covered by insurance as part of your physical therapy session. We also offer a dry needling only session for $45.
If you are tired of pain and you have tried it all, it’s time to let dry needling help you. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Jaime, give us a call today or send us an email.
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