Trigger Point Pain
When patients come to see us with trigger point pain, often referred to as myofascial pain syndrome, one therapy that we use to help is called Dry Needling (also called Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling). The goal of dry needling is to release or inactivate trigger points in order to help relieve pain and improve range of motion. Because it goes directly to the source of pain or dysfunction, dry needling may help the patient to see progress more quickly than with other therapies.
Does Dry Needling Hurt?
Dry needling is based in Western medicine and is backed up by much research. It is performed by a practitioner with specialized training in the field. This therapy is called “dry” needling because no medication or injection is involved. The needle that is used is a very thin filament needle, not like the thicker hypodermic needle used at a doctor’s office. Because the needles are so thin, entry is much more comfortable. Often patients do not feel the insertion at all. After the needle is inserted and the muscles relax, there may be a slight sensation of aching or cramping, but this is normal. Usually patients notice an immediate improvement after treatment.
Benefits of Dry Needling
Dry needling has many benefits to patients. It improves blood flow and healing to the area, it reduces muscle tension and tight muscle fibers associated with trigger points, and it decreases pain while increasing function. This therapy can be used for many issues including migraines, tension headaches, or chronic muscle pain in most areas of the body.
If you are experiencing pain that has been difficult to treat, we can perform a thorough evaluation to determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment as part of a program designed to reduce your pain and improve your function. Please contact me for a free consultation.
Dr. John G. Marone, D.C.