Intramuscular Manual Therapy or Trigger Point Dry Needling
Dry needling is a unique procedure designed to specifically target and restore muscle function, with an emphasis on improving tissue healing, reduce pain and restore normal movement. Dry needling is not meant to replace conventional medical procedures; however, when combined with conventional treatment options, dry needling can be a powerful method to accelerate pain reduction, healing and the restoration of normal range of motion. Dry needling uses a very fine, solid filament needle to cause a small, specific injury or “lesion” in the tissue when it enters the body. The tiny needling induces injury signals the brain uses to initiate a sequence of events to replace or repair the damaged tissue with new, healthy tissue.
Needling frequently provokes a “twitch” response from the muscle. This “twitch” response signals that the muscle fibers in that area have relaxed, inflammation is reduced and circulation improves. Dry needling has the ability to promote changes within the muscle without the use of drugs by targeting the body’s mechanisms of tissue healing and pain relief. It is a safe and low-cost modality, which is easy to administer and has no side effects if performed by a trained practitioner. It can be effective by itself, but appears to work best when used with other conservative care options such as physical therapy.