What is Trigger Point Dry Needling?
Trigger point dry needling is a type of acupuncture that’s been gaining in popularity. It's a treatment for muscle tightness and spasm. It involves the precise insertion of acupuncture needles into tight knots of muscle called trigger points.
Trigger points are found within tight bands of muscle, they are a protective spasm within the muscle and can cause pain in peripheral areas, such as carpal tunnel, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, and decreased mobility and chronic pain. When a needle is inserted in just the right spot, this will stimulate the muscle and can result in a noticeable twitch. The muscles contract and release, allowing the muscles to fully relax and reducing tightness, spasm, and decreasing symptoms.
This leads to immediate reduction in local and referred pain, improved range of motion, decreased irritability of trigger points and the entire muscle band, and restored blood circulation.