The most common question is always: “Is it Acupuncture?” No. Plain & simple. Does it use the same needles as Acupuncture? Yes. But we are targeting Trigger Points: hyper-taut (contracted) bands of muscle tissue. Think of them as like tiny little muscle spasms in your microscopic muscle fibers, because that’s basically what they are. Now add thousands of those together in 1 muscle and you have a Trigger Point. This term has been around for decades, since around the 1940’s or so, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. When a muscle is overloaded, whether in 1 fell swoop (think whiplash or a heavy object getting away from you as you try to catch it) or over time (think poor posture or bad lifting habits) it can go into a “spasm,” or a Trigger Point as a protective mechanism to stop you from doing even more damage to the muscle. These taut bands within a muscle can lead to localized and/or referred pain, weakness, and abnormal muscle and joint function.
Trigger Point Dry Needling, also known as Intramuscular Manual Therapy (IMT), is an advanced Physical Therapy technique utilized to help manage muscular trigger points. Trigger Point Dry Needling has a growing body of research that demonstrates a greater effectiveness than other standards of care in treating these muscular problems. Does Dry Needling work for everyone? Of course not, nothing does. But it’s powerful! It’s the only way to get to deep muscle spasms and Trigger Points. It’s like scuba diving vs snorkeling. Other tools can only get to the surface fibers of the muscle, but Dry Needling can get deep, in most cases all the way to the deepest part of the muscle. And that is often where the worst Trigger Points lie.
Check out this short video clip of Trigger Point Dry Needling done in our office.