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Dry Needling

Dry Needling

Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) is a treatment technique that utilizes thin, solid filament needles to deactivate and desensitize trigger points in muscles. Trigger points are specific spots in muscles that have been shown to have increased spontaneous electrical activity which affects the tightness of the muscle.

Trigger points can contribute to pain, decreased flexibility and decreased muscle function. TDN is an effective and efficient method of releasing trigger points, especially when other manual soft tissue techniques are unable to directly release or release as many trigger points. It is most beneficial for those with overuse injuries, chronic pain, or sports injuries.

TDN should not be confused with acupuncture. They are not the same, particularly because they are based on different principles. In addition, acupuncturists will often leave needles in their patients for many minutes, while clinicians performing TDN with only use needles for a short time.

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What is it used for?

Trigger Point Dry Needling can be used to prevent pain or injury, and to treat:

  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Muscle tendonitis
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Rotator cuff impingement
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Sciatica, muscle strains
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Patellofemoral dysfunction
  • Plantar fasciitis