Who does Dry Needling (DN)?
Dry needling is done by DN trained and certified physical therapists (PTs), acupuncturists, some chiropractors, and some medical doctors to treat myofascial pain. The word “myofascial” is made up of the roots “myo” (which refers to muscle) and “fascia” (which refers to the tissue that connects muscle).
What is a Muscle Trigger Point?
Muscles are stretchable in nature and they work by contracting and relaxing themselves. Sometimes an overworked or overloaded muscle can develop knotted areas called trigger points. These trigger points are highly sensitive and can be painful when touched. They often can cause “referred pain” (pain that travel to and affects another part of the body). For example, a trigger point on your base of the neck muscle and cause pain on your forehead, jaw or eye!
How does Dry Needling work?
First the clinician ascertains the location of the trigger points by palpating over the painful muscles. Then they push a thin, solid needle through the skin into the trigger point. The needles are used to stimulate the tissue, not to inject medication.Pain affects how your body moves. It is thought that dry needling changes the way the brain and muscles talk to each other to let the system return to a more normal movement pattern.
What kinds of pain does dry needling treat?
Dry needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Muscles are thought to be a primary contributing factor to the symptoms. Such conditions include, but are not limited to neck, back and shoulder pain, arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel), headache to include migraineʼs and tension type headaches, jaw pain, buttock pain and leg pain (sciatica, hamstring strains, calf tightness/spasms