Reger Physical Therapy is extremely proud to offer trigger point dry needling. Trigger point dry needling is considered one of the most effective treatments for improving limited range of motion and decreasing pain due to the presence of isolated, tight/hypertonic bands of muscular tissue (known as a “trigger point”). In this treatment, a highly skilled and comprehensively trained licensed physical therapist uses palpation skills to examine, evaluate, and diagnose the presence of a trigger point. When a trigger point is located, the licensed physical therapist is then able to offer this treatment and obtain the client’s consent. The treatment itself consists of the insertion of a thin, solid needle into the trigger point causing a reflex relaxation response reducing pain and improving mobility. Reger Physical Therapy has been providing this treatment since 2015 and remains grateful for its adjunct use in the rehabilitation of our clients. Please do not hesitate to contact us to speak to one of our licensed physical therapists if you have questions about this novel and tremendously effective form of treatment.
Dry Needling (DN) is a skilled intervention used by physical therapists (where allowed by state law) that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, neural, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor endplates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.
What is a Trigger Point?
A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch, and touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body.
What Kind of Needles Are Used?
Dry needling involves a thin filiform needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues. The needle allows a physical therapist to target tissues that are not manually palpable.
Conditions that Dry Needling can effectively treat:
- Jaw Pain
- Neck and Back Pain
- Joint Pain and Arthritis
- Sports Injuries
- Acute Injuries