Trigger Point Dry Needling
South Jersey Sports Acupuncture uses trigger point dry needling to release knots and spasms in tight, painful muscles.
Trigger point dry needling (or “dry needling” for short) is a western style of acupuncture treatment. This therapy is sometimes called intramuscular needling, biomedical acupuncture, trigger point needling, or myofascial needling. You may also hear it referred to as dry needle therapy, dry needling acupuncture, or dry needle treatment.
All these different names refer to the same treatment. This technique targets the nervous system through neuro-points, trigger points, motor points, and tight tender points in the fascia. In traditional Chinese medicine, these tender areas are called ashi points, and they don’t necessarily follow the Chinese meridian system.
Dry needling treatments release tight, spasms in muscles anywhere in the body. This type of acupuncture therapy can be particularly effective for addressing and alleviating neck pain, shoulder pain, lower back pain, hip pain, and knee pain, and along the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine. Dry needle therapy is even useful for treating migraines, piriformis syndrome, sciatica, and plantar fasciitis.
Trigger point dry needling therapy, when done by a properly trained acupuncturist, has very few side effects. Soreness after the treatment can occur, along with occasional bruising. If done skillfully, the treatment should not be overly painful, and it will bring about benefits that include pain management and acceleration of the healing process.