Trigger Point Dry Needling

Our Physical Therapists located in Greenfield, Franklin, and New Berlin (Waukesha County), are now practicing an alternative to pain relief in combination with or in place of traditional physical therapy, Trigger Point (Dry) Needling Therapy. 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.

Problems that can be treated by IntramuscularTrigger Point (Dry) Needling:

Shoulder Pain (i.e. frozen shoulder)
Headaches (i.e. migraines and tension-type headaches)
Arm Pain (i.e. tennis elbow)
Buttock and Leg Pain (i.e. sciatica)
Jaw (TMJ-Dysfuction) Pain
Tennis Elbow
And More

The treatment of the muscles has the greatest effect on reducing pain and referred pain patterns compared to Massage, Acupunture, & Traditional Physical Therapy on the body.

FAQ’s about Trigger Point Dry Needling:

How does it work?

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.

How do I know if I am a candidate for Dry Needling?

Patients with a pain causing the muscle to be painful 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.

Is Dry Needling similar to Acupuncture?

From a Physical Therapist standpoint the only similarity between Acupuncture and Dry Needling is the tool that is used for this alternative therapy, the sterile disposable Acupuncture type needles. Dry Needling is used to release muscle tension and decrease muscle pain while Acupuncture focuses on balancing the flow of energy through the body. Dry Needling is strictly based on Western medicine principles and research versus Eastern medicine and use of meridians of pain pathways which is used in Acupuncture.