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TRIGGER POINT DRY NEEDLING

Mar 11, 2019

Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) is a very effective therapy when treating muscular tension and spasm which commonly accompany conditions like arthritis, pinched nerves, muscular strain, ligament sprain, herniated discs, fibromyalgia, and sports injuries.

Dr. Eric Mersch and Dr. Nick Rohlfs utilize trigger point dry needling to release painful tension within the soft tissue.

WHAT IS TRIGGER POINT DRY NEEDLING (TDN)?

Trigger point dry needling uses a solid filament needle which is directly inserted through the skin and into the muscle to release the painful trigger point. The insertion of the needle allows us to penetrate the deeper layers of muscle and other soft tissue, which are typically impossible to get to with the use of manual pressure or other forms of surface therapy. The insertion into a trigger point will decrease muscle contraction, improve flexibility, and decrease pain. It is called “Dry” Needling because there is no solution/fluid injected as with a typical vaccine shot, or other form of injection. With Dry Needling, the needle itself within the tissue is the actual treatment.

IS TRIGGER POINT DRY NEEDLING ACUPUNCTURE?

Trigger Point Dry Needling is not considered Acupuncture. Although, they use the same needles, the application and technique of where needles are placed and their approach to how to treat the same conditions can differ. Trigger Point Dry Needling is based on Western medicine principles and research while Acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine.

WHAT TYPES OF CONDITIONS CAN TDN ASSIST?
•       Neck/Back Pain
•       Shoulder Pain
•       Tennis/Golfers Elbow
•       Headaches
•       Hip and Gluteal Pain
•       Knee Pain
•       Achilles Tendonitis/Tendonosis
•       Plantar Fasciitis
•       Sciatica
•       Muscular Strains/Ligament Sprains
•       Chronic Pain
•       Athletic Performance

WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE FOR MY THERAPY?
Eat a light meal and drink plenty of water 1-2 hours prior to your visit and wear loose, comfortable clothing that can be rolled up or down to access your areas of concern with the greatest ease.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING TREATMENT?
You may or may not feel the insertion of the needle. The specific needle manipulation is intended to produce a local twitch response (brief contraction of muscle) that can elicit a very brief (less than a second) painful response some patients describe as a deep ache or cramping sensation.  Again, the therapeutic response occurs with the elicitation of the local twitch response and is a desirable reaction. Once all the needles are in place the use of a TENs unit may be incorporated by attaching electrodes to the end of the needles. As the intensity of the TENs unit is increased the contraction of the muscle increases with the goal of gaining greater therapeutic benefit.

Trigger Point Dry Needling with TENs unit

 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER TREATMENT?
Improvements of increased range of motion, ease of movement, and decreased symptoms can be noticed after just the first visit. Many patients report being sore or tired after the treatment in both the area treated and the area of referred symptoms.  Typically this soreness or fatigue lasts between a few hours and two days and there is occasional bruising.  Soreness may be alleviated by applying ice or heat to the area and performing specific stretches for the treated muscle.

If you have questions or are looking to schedule a Dry Needling appointment visit one of our offices.  Rohlfs Chiropractic Care is your local chiropractor in Sharonville, Beechmont, or Wilmington, Ohio.

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