Trigger Point Dry Needling

Trigger point dry needling (TpDN) or intramuscular manual therapy (IMT) is a technique the uses a fine thin monofilament needle to treat knots and muscle banding called trigger points.  Trigger points are a dysfunctional portion of the muscle typically associated with pain and limited range of motion.   Some of the major advantages of trigger point dry needling are that the treatment tends to work faster and achieve more lasting results than use of our hands alone.  The needle is able to treat trigger points deeper in the muscle that our fingers cannot reach.  When the needling is inserted into the knot in the muscle it produces a twitch response.  This twitch response can be likened to “control-alt-delete” or a “re-setting” of the communication between the muscle and the nerve causing the muscle to relax and reduce the knotting that may be felt and improving the way the muscle and the corresponding nerve communicate.  Dry needling is helpful in treating most musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders.

At Ability PT, we have trained therapists able to perform dry needling on all regions of the body including shoulder, low back, thoracic spine, cervical spine, arms, legs, feet, hands, and even face and pelvic floor.

Click on the link below for a recent publication from the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy:

jospt.2013 TPDN