Trigger Point Dry Needling
Trigger points are irritated, hard knots in your muscles that are a build up of muscle toxins (protein deposits, lactic acid, by-products, etc). Each trigger point can cause referred pain to a variety of areas throughout the body. We are able to find then treat the root of the pain source by inserting a tiny needle (sterile, disposable, fine-filament) into the trigger point. This stimulates the irritated muscle, which releases the muscle toxins, thereby improving movement. Dry needling typically reduces pain and restrictions quicker than traditional treatments.
A good sign dry needling is working is when your muscle twitches or feels a bit achy from this treatment. When the trigger point is stimulated, it jump-starts circulation to quickly move through the tissue to release the muscle toxin build up. The treatment effect is similar to hitting "control-alt-delete" on your computer. It is designed to restart and relax the muscle and reduce your pain. It will also likely improve your muscle flexibility and the associated joint mobility.
Everything You Need To Know
What to Expect After Dry Needling
Most patients report muscle soreness and/or fatigue after dry needling (similar to the effect exercise has on your muscles).
Some patients also report mild to moderate bruising and/or hematomas (firm pooling of clotted blood).
Symptoms typically resolve within 3-6 days. Following this brief period, most people to start to notice improvement rather quickly.