Can Trigger Point Dry Needling Help You?

Jun 11, 2013

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First and foremost, on behalf of Dr. Welling and myself, I'd like to welcome you all to our new blog with this being our very first post. Our plan is for this to be a great resource for the Arvada community and beyond to read about, learn, and discuss any and all topics related to physical health and wellness. Future posts may be about low back pain, running, common sports injuries, posture, nutrition, and many others. Dr. Welling and I plan to periodically post on popular topics and can hopefully eventually touch on something that sparks everyone's interest. Your best bet is to "Like" our Facebook page or "Follow" us on Twitterso you'll be immediately in the know when a new blog post is written. So without further ado, let's get to the subject at hand, shall we? I figured, what better topic to kick things off than the newest exciting tool we've brought into the clinic: Trigger Point Dry Needling.

So, Can Trigger Point Dry Needling Help Me?

That's a question more and more people have been asking themselves lately. Trigger point dry needling, also referred to as intramuscular stimulation or simply dry needling, has been around for quite some time but has become much more popular in recent years and is now a "must-have" in any clinic. It has quickly become a "game-changing" addition to the repertoire of treatments available to our patients and one we now use many times on a daily basis. When used in conjunction with other evidence-based techniques and physical therapy exercises, it has produced results more quickly and more effectively than ever before. That means less visits for you, greater patient satisfaction and quicker results; all cornerstones of our mission statement.

Let's Get to the Point

So what exactly is trigger point dry needling and how can it help you? Dry needling involves inserting an acupuncture needle into a tight or sore muscle in a specific location called a trigger point. It's called "dry" needling because unlike a botox or steroid injection, no substance is put into the body. The trigger point is a direct and palpable source of pain, often multiple contracted knots in the muscle that may feel like tight bands. When the needle penetrates the muscle it elicits a twitch indicating a release or deactivation of the painful trigger point. At the cellular level, the muscle's physiology changes to better absorb calcium, improve circulation, encourage tissue remodeling and promote healing. For you tech-savvy readers out there, you can compare this process to re-booting the hard drive on your computer.

This Sounds a lot like Acupuncture

Similar? Kind of. Identical? Not at all. Both services do use the same needles, but that's where the comparisons end. First off, I openly admit neither Dr. Welling nor I have had any extensive training in the methodology or practice of acupuncture and don't intend to speak on behalf of their profession as experts, as we are not. Our basic understanding of acupuncture is that it is more of an Eastern medicine practice in origin emphasizing energy or flow in relation to the body's meridians. Conversely, dry needling is more of a Western medicine practice where we target specific problem areas within the muscles themselves, as explained above. In short, acupuncturists aim for pre-determined spots on the body, whereas we are individually searching out the specific areas where you are hurting.

Still on Pins and Needles?

Don't be! We use very thin filiform needles that most people don't even sense. The initial feeling of the needle entering through the skin is very minimal; much less than a vaccination or having blood drawn. Once the needle reaches the muscle, the twitch sensation feels more like a deep cramp and doesn't last long. Muscle soreness after a treatment session may last another 12-24 hours in what we commonly call being "needle sore," but the long-term results are worth it!

Give it a Shot

So what are you waiting for? Chances are if you've been having long standing, chronic muscle pain you'd love to hear more about this phenomenal treatment option and we'd love to chat with you about it. We encourage you to call us at (303) 424-9549 so we can help you decide if trigger point dry needling is right for you.

Have any comments, questions or concerns about past or possible future experiences with dry needling, acupuncture or both? We want to hear from you! Leave us a comment!

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