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.