Trigger Point Dry Needling
Dry needling is focused on trigger points in skeletal muscle, which are taut bands of muscle that can cause the pain experienced by the patient. These trigger points are common in acute and chronic pain conditions, and are often painful when pressed on by the Physiotherapist.
How is Dry Needling different from traditional Acupuncture?
What will I feel?
The point of trigger point needling is to elicit a twitch response in the affected muscle, therefore “resetting” the muscle to its normal length and tightness. This twitch response is most commonly felt as a quick cramping sensation, where the muscle performs a quick and sudden contraction that alleviates just as quickly as it came. Generally the more twitches that occur, the more relief that you will experience.
What should I expect from Dry Needling?
After a treatment session that involves dry needling, you should expect to feel a bit sore in the muscle that was treated. The best way to manage this soreness is to keep moving through the rest of the day, and the application of heat a few hours after your treatment session.
Are there any side effects?
- Muscle Soreness: you can alleviate muscle soreness through the application of heat later in the day following your treatment
- Dizziness/Fainting: this is usually a result of missing a meal during the day or not eating or drinking sufficiently prior to the procedure.
- Metal Allergy: Please notify your physiotherapist if you have any known metal allergies or adverse reactions in the past to dry needling.