Trigger Point Dry Needling is a medical treatment especially useful in the management of musculoskeletal problems.
A Trigger Point (TP) is a small, often painful contraction of muscle fibers that can develop due to abnormal muscle function, compensatory movements for pain and other problems (myofascial pain syndrome).
TPs prevent normal muscle function by causing stiffness in the muscle and subsequent muscle and skeletal compensations as well as localised and referred pain.
Effective TP treatment involves;
To treat TPs, a very small needle will be inserted gently into the ‘knot” of muscle fibers.
The first sensation you will feel is pressure from the plastic guide tube followed by a very small sting as the needle is tapped into the superficial skin layers.
Secondly, as the needle is gently pushed into the muscle knot, you will feel a deeper, spreading sensation.
This is commonly followed by a strong muscle “twitch”.
This is a good response that indicates the muscle has relaxed.
Sometimes a T.E.N.S. unit may be incorporated into your treatment to electrically stimulate a weakened muscle.
TP Dry Needling is safe to be used in most people however, clients with Diabetes and circulation problems as well as those on anticoagulant medication and those undertaking cancer treatment need to be cautious of any treatments that break the skin.
Your Podiatrist will discuss if TP Dry Needling is appropriate for you.
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