Trigger Point Dry Needling

Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) is a treatment technique that utilizes a thin, solid filament needle (the same as an acupuncture needle) to ‘deactivate’ myofascial ‘trigger points’ in muscles tissue, thereby reducing pain and improving mobility. Physical therapists are now using this technique around the world to effectively treat acute and chronic orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions. The rationale for dry-needling is based on well-established models of neuropathic pain. This approach has been shown to be more effective that massage techniques that target Trigger Points  (e.g. Pressure Point release).1 TDN can be used to effectively treat a wide range of sports injuries, myofascial pain syndromes, muscle injuries, and overuse pain. Emerging evidence has shown that dry-needling is effective in the management of chronic low back pain, neck pain and whiplash associated disorders.

We find Trigger Point Needling to be especially effective in treating difficult and chronic cases. Even if you have tried other treatment modalities without good results, consider giving TDN a try – You won’t believe the difference it can make!

For those interested in an in-depth scientific understanding of this treatment modality, including a review of evidence for its usefulness click here.

A recent study 2 investigating the effect of TDN on cervical mobility and ‘quality of life’ (e.g. physical activity limitation, emotional health, feelings of tiredness, etc) in patients diagnosed with chronic neck pain, demonstrated impressive result. Researchers found significant improvement in the group treated with TDN when compared to a group treated primarily with neck stretching exercises.

Keep in mind, the intervention period of this study was only 2 weeks!.. And the improvement lasted 6 months.
Similar results have been found in multiple studies supporting the effectiveness of TDN for neck pain 3

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast, competitive athlete or weekend warrior, we have the expertise and systems to get you to, and keep you at, the top of your game.

Over the last twenty years and ten orthopedic surgeries, I’ve worked with a dozen physical therapists in New England. Unequivocally, Jeff Albertson is the best. First, he actively listens when I describe my pain – this is more rare for a PT than it should be. Second, he rigorously deduces the root causes of my pain through detailed, often time-intensive assessment. Jeff runs a custom practice, not one-size-fits-all therapy. Finally, by virtue of this careful, methodical, and compassionate care, I leave my time with Jeff feeling significantly better and more knowledgeable. As someone who suffers from multiple sports injuries, I want momentary pain relief but also ongoing pain management that I can put in practice. No one does this better than Jeff. As an added bonus, he’s also a great conversationalist!

I came to VASTA with hip issues, result of a fracture and early arthritis caused by a really bad car accident I had back on 2013. Since then I went through different procedures but never pain free. I had the opportunity to have PT with the great Mike Woods! and because the work and time invested in my recovery, I owe him getting back to my ability to run, stand straight, walk and do anything I want without pain! At VASTA you can see that therapists work with one person at a time, which help them getting to know their patients and needs very well, creating a specific treatment program and monitoring the progress better. Thanks to you Mike and to the whole VASTA team! I am so grateful for all your support, sense of humor and the kind welcome I got from you all always! Loving what you do and having fun doing it, translates in good service which motivates a patient to reach their goals and getting great results. This is what you get to experience as soon as you put your trust on getting back on track with the VASTA team!! THANK YOU!

I was out with a couple of friends last night whose daughters also attend Kristina’s youth class. We were all saying what a positive influence Kristina has on the girls and how much they enjoy training with her. It is great for the girls to have a program outside of school sports where they can challenge themselves and build strength and confidence.

  1. Tabatabaiee, A., Ebrahimi-Takamjani, I., Ahmadi, A., Sarrafzadeh, J., & Emrani, A. (2018). Comparison of pressure release, phonophoresis and dry needling in treatment of latent myofascial trigger point of upper trapezius muscle. Journal of back and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, (Preprint), 1-8.
  2. Tekin, L., Akarsu, S., Durmuş, O., Çakar, E., Dinçer, Ü., & Kıralp, M. Z. (2013). The effect of dry needling in the treatment of myofascial pain syndrome: a randomized double-blinded placebo-controlled trial. Clinical rheumatology32(3), 309-315.
  3. Tekin, L., Akarsu, S., Durmuş, O., Çakar, E., Dinçer, Ü., & Kıralp, M. Z. (2013). The effect of dry needling in the treatment of myofascial pain syndrome: a randomized double-blinded placebo-controlled trial. Clinical rheumatology32(3), 309-315.
  4. Ansari, N. N., Alaei, P., Naghdi, S., Fakhari, Z., Komesh, S., & Dommerholt, J. (2018). Immediate Effects of Dry Needling as a Novel Strategy for Hamstring Flexibility: A Single Blinded Clinical Pilot Study. Journal of sport rehabilitation, 1-23.