Trigger Point Dry Needling
Tight or dysfunctional muscles very often have hyperirritable spots or as most people experience it, tight, tender knots in their muscles. These are known as trigger points. It is usually the size of pea and when pressure is applied to the area, tenderness, pain and referring pain is experienced. Very often people find that the pain they experience when a trigger point is being treated, be it local or referring, is a familiar type of pain or ache that they have. Different types of massage and manual therapies have proven to deactivate and relief the tender areas and pain which allowed the person to feel looser and less tight in their muscles.
Dry needling (also known as trigger point needling) is a scientifically proven form of treatment to treat trigger points. Very thin needles are inserted into the taut bands (knot areas) to bring relief to the area. When the needle is inserted, very often a local twitch response is experienced. After a dry needling treatment the area in the muscle which has been treated feels much softer and relaxed and the person will feel looser.
This type of treatment should not be confused with Acupuncture. Dry needling is treating trigger points whereas Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese medicine dating back thousands of years working on the meridians of the body.