Trigger Point Dry Needling
If you said “Yes” to any of these, Trigger Point Dry Needling might be perfect for you!
Dry needling is for anyone who is experiencing…
What Is Trigger Point Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a technique used by physical therapists to improve patients’ pain and mobility. The PT inserts a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, into a “trigger point” of the muscle. A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle that occurs when the body experiences pain or an injury. This tautness creates tension leading to pain and mobility limitations.
During the dry needling treatment, a thin filament needle is inserted into this trigger point to elicit a ‘twitch response’. This twitch response ‘resets’ the neuromuscular system, allowing the trigger point to release tension. This improves pain levels and mobility in said area.
The needles used for this procedure are sterile and will be disposed of after each insertion. The PT will use gloves during this procedure to maintain a sterile environment.
Trigger Point Dry Needling is only performed by qualifying physical therapists who have been extensively trained by an accredited organization approved by the New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dry Needling
1. Do you reuse the needles?
Each needle is individually packaged in plastic encasing with a cover and can only be used one time. After use, the needles are safely disposed of in a sharps container.
2. Are there any side effects?
Achiness and soreness are completely normal after dry needling treatment. You may experience the sensation of a ‘pulled muscle’ or ‘workout soreness’ for 24-48 hours after treatment.
3. Is it safe?
Dry needling is safe and effective when done by a trained professional. Your provider will discuss this with you if and when you develop your physical therapy plan of care.
4. How often will I need treatment?
Every patient presents with different levels of pain and limitations. Depending on your case, your physical therapist will recommend a certain number of sessions to be performed at a given frequency. Generally, patients will need 1-2 dry needling sessions per week in the initial stages of recovery.