Trigger-point dry needling is an invasive procedure where a fine needle or acupunture needle is inserted into the skin and muscle. It is aimed at myofascial trigger points (MTrP) which are hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule in a taut band. Trigger point dry needling can be carried out at superficial or deep tissue level.
Dry needling is mainly used to treat myofascial trigger points & release muscle tightness. The primary aim is to relieve muscle pain and cramping, but it may also help to improve a person’s flexibility. Our practitioner at Back In Motion inserts short, thin, stainless steel filiform needles into pressure points. Also called trigger points, these are tight areas or knots in the muscles.
The effectiveness of this treatment depends greatly on the skill of the therapist to accurately palpate mysofascial trigger points as well as kinaesthetic awareness of the anatomical structures.
Dry-needling reduces/removes nociceptive input from trigger points, normalize synaptic efficacy and reduce peripheral and central sensitization.
Dry-needling can restore muscle activation and strength as well as ROM.
Dry-needling decreases pain in patients with Chronic low back pain.
- Identification of myofascial trigger points in the muscle through palpation
- Identification of ‘Jump’ and ‘Shout’ sign on palpation on trigger points
- Spot tenderness in a palpable band of skeletal muscle
- Subject recognition of pain with palpation
- Clinical presentation