Dry needling in physical therapy uses the needle to deactivate hyperirritable spots within the muscle. The goal is to decrease pain and restore function. Trigger points are discrete, focal hyperirritable spots located in a taut band of the skeletal muscle. They produce pain locally and in a referred pattern. Chronic musculoskeletal disorders are also often accompanied.
Trigger Point Dry Needling is not acupuncture. TDN is based on western medical research and principles, whereas acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine. The main similarity is that the same sterile, disposable solid monofilament needles are used.
Commonly asked questions:
After a dry needling session, how will I feel?
-Soreness may arise after treatment. The soreness can occur and should not be thought of as abnormal in the treated area of the body. It may feel like you have had an intense work out and are sore. Sometimes the soreness can take a few hours to set in or even as late as the next day. Varying levels of soreness differ with each person. Usually soreness can last 24-48 hours.
-All though somewhat uncommon, bruising is a possibility. However, it should not be considered a concern. Common areas for bruising include the shoulder, face, chest, and sections of the extremities. Icing can help with bruising.
-The aggravation of symptoms is normal and can be a sign of needing to quickly pursue a follow up with your practitioner for continued treatment.
After treatment, what should I do and what is recommended?
-For the next 24 hours after treatment it is highly recommended to increase water intake. Increasing your intake and help reduce soreness. Soaking in a hot bath or hot tub is also recommended to help decrease soreness.
-Based on comfort levels, after treatment, the following may be performed.
- Stretch/ work out
- Massage the treated area
- Continue any prescription medication as prescribed
- Physical activity should be participated in as normal
- Ice or heat post treatment soreness as preferred
If any of these activities hurt or increase symptoms discontinuing that activity is advised.
Is there anything I should avoid after treatment?
- Sports or other physical activities that are unfamiliar to you
- Try to not do more than you do in a normal day
- Do not drink alcohol in excess