Using a thin, filament solid needle, it is inserted into a specific targeted area to de-activate and desensitise Myofascial Trigger Points (MTrP’s) in muscles and relieve fascial pain. MTrP’s are knots or taut bands in muscles that can contribute to pain, decrease in muscular range of motion function, which are tender with an increase in pressure. The MTrP is starved of vascular, neurological activity and decreases the movement within the joint/structure thus hindering the normal function of that tissue. TDN is very efficient and effective of releasing MTRP’s and reducing chronic pain.
What is the difference between Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling and Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that inserts needles to stimulate specific acupressure points to correct imbalances in the energy flow or ‘Qi’ along the meridian channels. Their belief is in clearing these blockages this allows the balance of the body to be achieved.
Trigger Point Dry Needling is a western principle and scientifically researched. The only similarity is that we use the same needles. TDN deals exclusively with the neuromuscular aspect of a muscle. The needle is inserted directly into a trigger point which is felt as a palpable source of pain, and activates the ‘A delta’ receptors. The primary goal is to elicit a local twitch response which signals the MTrP has been released. As a result, the housing muscle will feel pain relief due to the neurochemical and vascular responses. TDN is a scientifically proven method for muscular, nerve and referral pain relief.
Is Trigger Point Dry Needles painful?
People respond differently to this form of needling. You do feel a very small prick when the needle is inserted but note the needles are maximum 0.35mm in width – nothing compared to an injection needle. I have found in Ashleigh SWC there are 5 main responses; a pinching, dull ache, twitch, cramp feeling or sharp pain. There is constant feedback between patient and therapist to ensure an effective outcome.
What are the side effects, if any?
The typical complaint is a feeling of soreness or cramp in the muscle which has been needled but this is temporary and lasts for 24 – 48 hours. It is very tolerable and can be treated with icing and Kinesio taping, if required.
Trigger Point Dry Needling can be used to treat injuries such as:
- Arm Pain
- Back Pain
- Buttock pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Hip Pain
- Knee Pain
- Leg pain
- Muscle Spasms
- Muscle Strains
- Plantar fasciitis – heel pain
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Rotator Cuff impingements
- Sciatic Pain
- Tennis elbow