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Trigger Point Dry Needling

Trigger Point Dry Needling 

Myofascial Pain Relief

What is Trigger Point Dry Needling?

TDN involves placing a tiny monofilament needle, similar to acupuncture needle, into the muscle in order to release shortened bands of muscle and decrease trigger point activity.  This can help resolve pain, release muscle tension, and promote healing. This is not traditional Chinese Acupuncture, but instead a medical treatment that relies on a medical diagnosis to be effective.  In many cases, TDN can be helpful in resolving sub-acute and chronic pain.


What can Trigger point Dry Needling do for PT patients?

  • Resolve frustrating musculoskeletal disorders.

  • Keep you at work and in your activities and sports.

  • Predict results immediately based on initial response to treatment.

  • Rapidly reduce muscle pain and tension.

  • Quicker return to a strengthening and exercise program.

  • Helps prevent reoccurrence of the problem.

What to expect after receiving Trigger Point Dry Needling?

  • You may feel sore immediately after treatment in the area of the body treated; this is normal but does not always occur.

  • It is not uncommon to have bruising after treatment; some areas more likely than others. Use ice to help decrease the bruising.

  • It is not uncommon to feel tired, nauseous and emotional and can last up to an hour or two after treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is it different from acupuncture? The performance of modern dry needling by Physical Therapists is based on modern neuroanatomy. Performance of dry needling does not use traditional acupuncture theory or acupuncture terminology.

  • Is it safe? A ‘clean’ technique is used involving only individually packaged, single use, sterile needles. The needles are very fine and very rarely does any bleeding occur.

  • Where does TDN fit into my rehab plan? It is very common to initiate dry needling at the beginning of your treatment program and may take several visits for a positive reaction to take place. Contraindications are as follows: acute trauma with hematoma, blood/circulatory disorders, coumadin therapy or decreased coagulation, unstable bone injury, malignant tumor, decreased sensation, or fear of needles. 

    Your therapist will help determine if treatment is an option.

  • Is it covered by my insurance? This is an elective cash pay procedure not billable to insurance. An MD order or prescription is not required.

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