Trigger Point Therapy/Dry Needling
Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the applying of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Sometimes massage and trigger point therapy are performed together. The purpose of trigger point therapy is to eliminate pain and to re-educate the muscles into pain-free habits. After several treatments, the swelling and stiffness of neuromuscular pain is reduced, range of motion is increased, tension is relieved, and circulation, flexibility and coordination are improved.
Many of the doctors of Sport and Spine Rehab are also trained and certified in dry needling. Dry needling involves the use of a fin filament needle (like an acupuncture needle) to de-activate (relax) a Trigger Point within a tight muscle band. When they are pressed on or a needle it stuck in one, they will sometimes twitch or cause the body to jump. When we see those things after a needle is placed, we know that we have hit the right spot!
Who can benefit from this? Chronic pain patients that have tried it all. Athletic populations that have good overall health but have a specific recurring injury. Elderly people as it is a safe and drug free way to relieve pain. or, anyone with pain and dysfunction!