Trigger Point Dry Needling

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What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling (also called trigger point dry needling or myofascial trigger point dry needling) is a treatment technique used by medical professionals to release active, painful trigger points and create positive change in the central nervous system. The clinician inserts an extremely fine, monofilament needle into the targeted tissue. The appropriate needle size is determined based on the depth of the targeted tissue. Dry needling has been a viable treatment technique for myofascial pain since the 1940’s, and has continued to improve with modern medical advances. Thanks largely to the physician-researcher Janet Travell M.D., the use of dry needling has become more popular today.

How does it Work?

Muscles can develop knotted areas called trigger points. When these trigger points cause a pain signal, they are called active trigger points. They can be a source of referred pain (pain that affects another part of the body). Within the trigger point, the muscle is shortened, overlapped, and chemically bound into a tight knot. When the needle is inserted into the trigger point, it releases the chemical bond between muscle fibers. This allows the muscle to release and return to its normal resting length. Hence, you get better mobility and control of your muscles.

 

Physical Therapy Approach

While dry needling can be an important part of physical therapy treatment, it is best used in combination with your normal physical therapy regimen that includes exercise, range of motion, stretching, posture correction, soft tissue mobilization, and breathing strategies. Interested? Call us at 804-918-8515 to be scheduled with Shaunna Mayers, PT, DPT.

Telehealth Services Available

What is Telehealth PT?

Telehealth PT is a service that allows physical therapists to provide services to patients via video call or other digital platforms anywhere in Virginia. Currently it is covered by most private health insurance companies, Medicare, and Tricare!

Care Provided

Specialized Pelvic Health Physical Therapists can offer evaluation/re-evaluation services, education and exercise remotely for the following conditions:

 

  • Prenatal care including pain or weakness in pregnancy
  • Postpartum restoration
  • Diastasis recti abdominis
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain with intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • Vulvodynia
  • Voiding dysfunction
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary frequency/urgency
  • Bladder Pain Syndrome (Interstitial Cystitis)
  • Fecal urgency/frequency
  • Constipation
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Osteoporosis
  • Balance dysfunction
  • Low back and sacroiliac pain
  • Hip pain
  • Other orthopedic conditions