Trigger point dry needling (TDN) is a method that is used to release toxic chemicals from different areas of the body including inflamed muscles. Dry needing can also relieve pain and is similar in theory to acupuncture, although the needles are placed into an area of injury known as a trigger point. Most patients describe trigger points as knot-like and painful. Left untreated they can cause a range of issues from pain in the surrounding areas to headaches, migraines, joint problems and lack of muscle movement.
What is Dry Needling Used for; Pain Management & More
Dry needling is considered a noninvasive pain control method that uses sterile disposable filament acupuncture needles. The acupuncture needles are carefully placed into a trigger point to allow a chemical effect within the body to reduce pain. To receive the full benefits of pain management though dry needling you will need to schedule several visits.
Prevent & Treat Injuries with Dry Needling
Dry needling is much less painful than a traditional deep tissue massage and the effects can be felt immediately. Dry needling can be used to treat several musculoskeletal issues along with symptoms that cause neck, shoulder, and back pain, jaw and headache pain and leg and arm pain associated with carpal tunnel. Other common conditions treated with dry needling include: chronic and acute muscle pain, lower back pain, upper back pain, tendonitis, disk problems, tennis & golfers elbow, hip and gluteal pain, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, sciatica and much more!
Dry Needling VS Acupuncture
Dry needling uses a very thin filament (needle) to initiate a twitch response in the trigger point which allows inflammation to leave the muscle while increasing blood flow back to the muscle before returning it to its normal state. Although dry needling and acupuncture use the same type of needle they work in different ways, for example acupuncture remains close to the surface of the skin while dry needling penetrates the muscles. The needles or filaments are so thin that many patients are unaware that the needles are being inserted.
Dry Needling Side Effects & Recovery
After your dry needling treatment, you may feel soreness in the muscle which typically lasts for several hours. Aftercare treatment includes applying heat or ice to the area affected along with some gentle stretching excises to loosen the muscles.
Is Dry Needling the Right Treatment for Me?
Dry needling can be used to effectively treat both acute and chronic pain, problems with range of motion, recovery from injury and can even be used to prevent injury. Unlike trigger point injections which involve the use of local anesthetic, steroids or saline solution, dry needling is suitable for many patients that are looking for alternate pain management and prevention that does not require the use of drugs or chemicals.
Trigger Point Dry Needling Massage Add On in Waco, Texas
To learn more about dry needling or to schedule your consultation, contact the knowledgeable experts at The Skin and Body Refinery today. Osiel offers trigger point dry needling as an add on to his 60 minute massages for just $100 extra.