Finley Physical Therapy and Sports Training
What is Trigger Point Dry Needling?
Trigger Point Dry Needling, otherwise known as Intramuscular Manual Therapy (IMT), is a general term for treatment that
relieves pain caused by muscular tightness and spasms which commonly follow injuries and often accompanies the degenerative processes. Combining the Intramuscular Manual Therapy techniques with other manual and rehabilitative methods has shown to be very effective treatment helping to relieve pain associated with carpel tunnel, tendonitis, and osteoarthritis of various
joints. The treatment is also effective with decreased mobility, chronic and acute pain syndromes.
How does it work?
The Dry Needling procedure involves advancing of a very fine filament needle into the muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a 'Trigger Point’. There is no injectable solution and typically the needle that is used is
very thin. Most patients will not even feel the needle penetrate the skin, but once it has and is advanced into the muscle, the discomfort can vary. Usually a healthy muscle feels very little discomfort upon insertion of the needle; however, if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject may feel a sensation much like a muscle cramp -- which is often referred to as a 'twitch response’.
What does it do?
Dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention,
with very few side effects. This technique is unequaled in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits.Dry Needling accelerates the treatment process greatly. By relieving the trigger point and muscle tightness the muscle(s) treated are now freed from the source of irritation and as such are able to lengthen/stretch without pain and to contract more strongly. This allows your therapist to prescribe exercises that before the Dry Needling would have been painful. The Dry Needling is a part of your treatment just as massage, stretching and strengthening of muscles will be incorporated into your treatment to restore normal, pain free movement and reduce/eliminate your pain both at rest and with activity.