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Dry Needling is not Traditional Acupuncture

Dry needling is a technique for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. The technique uses a “dry” acupuncture needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle.


Other terms commonly used to describe dry needling, include trigger point dry needling, biomedical acupuncture, and intramuscular manual therapy.


Dry needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles, and supported by research.


So what is a trigger point? Trigger points are made up of a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch, and touching a trigger point may cause pain to radiate to other parts of the body.


Dry needling involves a thin filiform acupuncture needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues. The needle can target tissues that are not manually palpable.


In cases when dry needling is used, it is typically one technique that's part of a larger treatment plan.


I use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Preliminary research  supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up the patient's return to active rehabilitation.


What Types of Conditions Can Trigger Point Dry Needling or Biomedical Acupuncture Help?

  •     Neck/Back Pain
  •     Shoulder Pain
  •     Tennis/Golfers Elbow
  •     Headaches
  •     Hip and Gluteal Pain
  •     Knee Pain
  •     Achilles Tendonitis/Tendonosis
  •     Plantar Fasciitis
  •     Sciatica
  •     Muscular Strains/Ligament Sprains
  •     Chronic Pain
  •     Athletic Performance


Does Trigger Point Dry Needling or Biomedical Acupuncture hurt?

You may or may not feel the insertion of the needle. The specific needle manipulation is intended to produce a local twitch response that can elicit a very brief (less than a second) painful response some patients describe as a deep ache or cramping sensation.  Again, the therapeutic response occurs with the elicitation of the local twitch response and is a desirable reaction.

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