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Treatment for Pain

Trigger Point Dry Needling Treatment (TDN)
A myofascial trigger point is a hyper-irritable spot in a muscle which is painful to touch and is located in a taut (tight) band.
This hypersensitive spot, or nodule (the “knot”), can give characteristic referred pain, referred tenderness, and other referred symptoms in areas other than where the muscle is located and is related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle.
Inserting a needle into trigger points can cause favorable biochemical changes, which assist in reducing pain. It is essential to elicit so-called local twitch responses, which are spinal cord reflexes. Getting local twitch responses with dry needling is the first step in breaking the pain cycle.
 Trigger Point Related Conditions
Deactivation of the trigger points can bring immediate relief of symptoms, then we can immediately train the muscles to work in their newly-gained pain free range of motion.  Trigger point dry needling therapy can help treat the following conditions:
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Headaches
  • TMJ/TMD
  • Chronic Pain
  • Movement Disorders
  • Sprains or Strains
  • Muscle Imbalances
  • Sports Injuries
  • Joint Pain of Myofascial Origin
How does Dry Needling work?
The exact mechanisms of dry needling are not known, however, we do know that there are both mechanical and biochemical effects.
 Based on the pioneering studies by Dr. Jay Shah and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health, we know that inserting a needle into trigger points can cause favorable biochemical changes, which assist in reducing pain. It is essential to elicit so-called local twitch responses, which are spinal cord reflexes. Getting local twitch responses with dry needling is the first step in breaking the pain cycle.
What are the advantages of Dry Needling?
Access
The advantage over other techniques is that we can treat parts of the muscle and deeper layers of muscles which our hands and fingers cannot reach. Also, this method is far superior in achieving a local twitch response over other manual techniques.
No Drugs
In addition, there are no drugs used so we can treat many trigger points during each treatment.
Immediate Relief
Deactivation of the trigger points can bring immediate relief of symptoms, then we can immediately train the muscles to work in their newly-gained pain free range of motion. Thus, results are achieved with dry needling which cannot be obtained with any other treatment.