Dry Needling | Management of Musculoskeletal Pain

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Dry needling has been deemed as safe and effective for relieving the body from musculoskeletal pain. The procedure involves using very thin filament needs and advancing them at the dysfunctional tissue. If the trigger points in the area are targeted and eliminated, then it could lead to reduced tension and improved blood flow. Most importantly, it helps reduce the pain pressure threshold and other chemical activity that’s related to pain.

What are active trigger points

We have already done a couple of videos on dry needling and already explained trigger points but if you are new to our blog, let us help you out.

Basically, “trigger points” are the hyperirritable spots in the human body that occur as taut bands in the skeletal muscles. If these trigger points are compressed, they could cause pain, motor dysfunction and other types of characteristic pain.

How are the trigger points located?

For dry needling, it’s important to locate the trigger points. This is done by inducing a Local Twitch Response (LTR) by palpating the issue. The LTR is simply a muscle’s reflex response to a dysfunctional area.

Dry needling the Quads

The quadriceps are a very large set of muscles and it could be quite a deal to find the trigger points. However, careful assessment and expertise are required to administer the treatment.

Muscles imbalances in the quads are restored using dry needling, alleviating the pain too.

If you want to know how dry needling is done on the quads, watch my video.

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