Trigger Point Dry Needling

Dry Needling

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Dry Needling

Dry needling is an invasive procedure in which a solid filament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. It involves insertion and repetitive manipulation of the needle in the myofascial trigger point in order to produce a local twitch response. This twitch response results in muscle relaxation due to the release of shortened bands of muscle fibers. No medication of any kind is injected.

How does Dry Needling work?

The exact mechanisms of dry needling are not known, however, we do know that there are both mechanical and biochemical effects.

Based on the pioneering studies by Dr. Jay Shah and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health, we know that inserting a needle into trigger points can cause favorable biochemical changes, which assist in reducing pain. It is essential to elicit so-called local twitch responses, which are spinal cord reflexes. Getting local twitch responses with dry needling is the first step in breaking the pain cycle.

What are the advantages of Dry Needling?

The advantage over other techniques is that we can treat parts of the muscle and deeper layers of muscles which our hands and fingers cannot reach. Also, this method is far superior in achieving a local twitch response over other manual techniques.

No Drugs
In addition, there are no drugs used so we can treat many trigger points during each treatment.

Immediate Relief
Deactivation of the trigger points can bring immediate relief of symptoms, then we can immediately train the muscles to work in their newly-gained pain free range of motion. Thus, results are achieved with dry needling which cannot be obtained with any other treatment.

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  • "John used a new dry-needling technique on my calf muscle that was definitely uncomfortable, and seemed to hit just the place I was experiencing my pain. The next day my leg muscle was stiff but not painful and just two days later I resumed my training for the marathon. "


Acupuncture vs. Dry Needling

Although they might seem to have many similarities, acupuncture and dry needling are two very different treatments. Acupuncture aims to achieve pain relief and alleviate inflammation through the release of endorphins and serum cortisol.  Dry needling achieves pain relief by inactivating trigger points resulting in muscle relaxation due to the release of shortened bands of muscle fibers.

Dry Needling must not be confused with any type of acupuncture. The therapists of Trigger Point Dry Needling Associates of NC are not licensed acupuncturists and do not practice acupuncture. In contrast to most schools of acupuncture, IMT or dry needling is strictly based on Western medicine principles and research. All Trigger Point Dry Needling associates have completed the additional, extensive course study and have obtained the certification required by the state of NC to practice the advanced skill of Intramuscular Manual Therapy.