Trigger Point Dry Needling
What is Dry Needling?
Trigger point dry needling is a treatment that physical therapists use to treat knots in muscles that lead to pain and stiffness. It involves a very thin needle being pushed through the skin to stimulate a trigger point. Once in the muscle, the tightness releases, which can sometimes feel like a twitch or some mild cramping.
When used as part of a physical therapy treatment plan, it improves pain control and reduces muscle tension.
Muscles with trigger points fatigue faster, have less power, and take more time to recover from activities. When a muscle has a trigger point, you'll notice that it often tender to touch and can cause pain in other areas of the body. Dry needling works to reduce pain and restore range of motion for muscles that have trigger points.
Stay hydrated to avoid muscle soreness.
Gently massage the muscle for stimulation.
Get some exercise so you can keep the muscle loose.
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