Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) involves a needle inserted into the muscle, to locate and deactivate a trigger point. A trigger point is a taught band in a muscle that can be tender to the touch and refer pain to other parts of the body. TDN deactivates and desensitizes the trigger point. Typically, this produces a “twitch” response, in which the muscle first briefly contracts, then relaxes. This acts to “reset” the muscle, normalizing the biochemical state and neurological functions of the muscle to allow it to function better and more normally.
Benefits of TDN include:
By decreasing your pain, it also can improve your tolerance for therapeutic exercise, which means that we can get you moving and feeling better, faster. This can also reduce the need for medication.
There are a few major similarities with acupuncture: the needle we use for dry needling is similar, and both TDN and acupuncture can involve inserting a needle into a muscle. However, the philosophy behind dry needling is very different. As a result, the application of needles is typically different. Acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with its complex system of meridians. Dry needling is instead based in more of a western medical philosophy. It targets specific locations of mechanical, biochemical and neurological dysfunction in muscles in order to decrease pain and get you moving better.
At the Denver Spine and Pain Institute, we understand how restrictions in your body can negatively impact your rehabilitation efforts. Our team is committed to providing you with the mobility and pain relief necessary to enjoy your favorite activities and perform routine daily activities with ease. Our goal is to help you live life to the fullest once again.
We’re the only sports, back and pain specialists in the country providing a Connected Care Approach™ specifically designed to get you back to enjoying life faster. This approach involves:
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