A trigger point is a local band of tight, irritable and dysfunctional muscle tissue. Trigger points can disrupt your muscle function, restrict your range of motion or cause pain and tenderness. This often emerges because of injury, overuse or poor movement patterns. Dry needling is when a acupuncture needle is inserted in to this trigger point.

When dry needling is applied to an affected muscle or trigger point, it can decrease muscle tightness, increase blood flow and reduce pain. Patients often report immediate relief after treatment. The needles remain in your muscle for a short period of time — between 10 seconds and 10 minutes — during treatment. This depends on the treatment location, number of needles used and treatment goals.

Dry needling usually is paired with exercise and other physical therapy techniques to prevent trigger points from reoccurring.

The needles used are solid and nothing else is injected in to the body with them. It’s the reason this treatment is referred to as “dry.”

Dry needling is a safe technique for treating many musculoskeletal conditions, including shoulder pain, rotator cuff pain, biceps tendinitis, iliotibial band syndrome, Achilles tendinitis, low back pain, tennis elbow, whiplash or neck pain, headaches, muscle strains, hip pain and temporomandibular pain, also called TMJ.

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