Myofascial Trigger Dry Needling is a physical medicine, therapeutic and diagnostic procedure whose purpose is to neutralize dysfunctional soft tissue and restore or improve muscle and fascial function.
This exciting procedure has been an effective adjunct to the practice and has proven very beneficial to many cases where other therapies have failed!!
How does myofascial trigger point dry needling work?
This exciting procedure acts to mechanically disrupt physiologically locked soft tissue. This is accomplished by inserting by hand monofilament, sterile, thin guage needles. These soft tissue entities in the body are influenced by and influence the central and peripheral nervous systems.
Dry Needling has its origins in early research on pain and pain relief. In the 1930's, several studies have found effective pain relieving results via dry needling. Dr. C. Chan Gunn of Vancouver Britsh Columbia, the developer of dry needling, published numerous papers on dry needle efficacy.
In the manual medicine arena, we treat locally to affect the patient locally and globally, as does dry needling. Whether we are treating the patient from top-down or bottom-up, the goal is the same, to normalize the system to achieve homeostatic balance. Myofascial trigger point dry needling is the perfect partner to any manual medicine approach because they potentiate each other.
Diagnostically, dry needling can assist in differentiating between pain that originates from a joint, a trapped nerve or a muscle.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, and for health
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS TO THE TREATMENT?
Usually not. As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to takeplace. Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. It is quite common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These pass within a short time, and never require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome.
WHAT ARE THE NEEDLES LIKE? DO THEY HURT?
People experience acupuncture needling differently. Most patients feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt. Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel. The point is smooth (not hollow with cuttingedges like a hypodermic needle) and insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling. The risk of bruising and skin irritation is less than when using a hollow needle.
ARE THERE ANY "DO'S AND DONT'S" FOR ME ON THE DAY OF A TREATMENT?
Yes. To enhance the value of a treatment, the following guidelines are important:
- Do not eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after your treatment.
- Do not over-exercise, engage in sexual activity, or consume alcoholic beverages within 6 hours before or after the treatment.
- Plan your activities so that after the treatment you can get some rest, or at least not have to be working at top performance. This is especially important for the first few visits.
- Continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your regular doctor. Substance abuse (drugs and alcohol) especially in the week prior to treatment, will seriously interfere with the effectiveness of acupuncture reatments.
- Remember to keep good mental or written notes of what your response is to the treatment. This is important for your doctor to know so that the follow-up treatments can be designed to best help you and your problem