Dry Needling is an effective therapy to treat trigger points, muscle tension and spasm. An acupuncture needle is inserted into a contracted, knotted muscle, creating a local twitch response. This is both diagnostic and therapeutic, in decreasing the muscle contraction, deactivating the trigger point, improving flexibility and decreasing the individual’s pain.
Common Conditions that Dry Needling can Help Treat:
Does dry needling hurt?
Dry needling is an invasive technique. The intention is to create a local twitch response, which can elicit a deep ache, cramping sensation and can reproduce the trigger point’s referral pain pattern, and sometimes can cause bruising. However, the local twitch response is a desirable reaction for therapeutic benefit.
What can I expect after treatment?
Many patients report being a bit sore after treatment, which may last a day or two. This soreness can be alleviated with ice and stretching the area. As that soreness dissipates, you should expect increased range of motion, ease of movement, decreased pain and reduced muscle tension.
Adapted from Trigger Point Dry Needling an Evidenced and Clinical-Based Approach 2013