Intramuscular Trigger Point Dry Needling

When people hear about anything involving needles they tend to show some restraint or concern, but this alternative physical therapy technique has proven to be extremely beneficial to those experiencing a variety of different pain conditions. This new type of treatment of the muscles has the greatest effect at reducing pain mechanisms and referred pain patterns compared to Massage, Acupuncture and Traditional Physical Therapy on the body.

What is a trigger point or the cause of one you may ask? A trigger point in the muscle tissues lead to myofascial (or muscle) pain causing the entire muscle to be painful, tight, weak, and more easily fatigued. The cause is multi-factorial. It is built on a combination of overworking or overstressing muscles, poor posturing, static or sustained postures, overuse, misuse, underuse and/or direct trauma of the muscles. Trigger points can be either the cause or a contributing factor of a wide variety of painful conditions.

 So what is “Trigger Point (Dry) Needling?” Trigger Point (Dry) Needling is an invasive procedure in which a sterile, solid filament (Acupuncture) needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directed specifically at the myofascial trigger point. The needle is guided in and out of the trigger point area to cause a “twitch” response and to relax the muscle spasm.

There are several different areas and conditions that can be treated with this type of therapy including the following:

  • Neck Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Shoulder pain (i.e. frozen shoulder)
  • Headaches (i.e. migraines and tension-type headaches)
  • Arm pain (i.e. tennis elbow)
  • Hip
  • Buttock and leg pain (i.e. sciatica)
  • Jaw (TMD) pain
  • Whiplash
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • And More

You may also want to know how this all works. Based on the pioneering studies of Dr. Jay Shah and colleagues at the National Institute of Health, we know that inserting a needle into a trigger point can cause favorable biochemical changes which assist in reducing pain. It is essential to elicit so-called local “twitch” responses, which are spinal cord reflexes, to get the muscle to relax. Getting local twitch responses with dry needling is the first step in breaking the pain cycle.

Patients with consistent pain or those not progressing as rapidly with manual therapy or other types of physical therapy treatments should ask their physical therapist or physician if they are a good candidate for this alternative therapy.

Our patients have already achieved GREAT results so far from this Alternative Therapy!

“I have had great success with Trigger Point Dry Needling Therapy from my therapist Brian. I went from having severe neck pain 7 days a week down to 2-3 days per week. When I do get neck pain it is nowhere near as severe as it was. Brian is a therapist I would recommend for this alternative type of therapy” -Erin W., Greenfield


“At first when Brian told me about dry needling I was a little skeptical about it. After the first treatment I felt relief. I even look forward to my dry needling treatments because I knew I would feel better.” – Alexandra F., Greenfield

To learn more about Trigger Point Dry Needling visit or call 414.858.1361