In addition to traditional physical therapy techniques, Vita’s therapists have undergone advanced training to become skilled in the following specialty treatment techniques:
Trigger Point Dry Needling
Dry needling is a manual therapy technique that utilizes a thin monofilament needle to release trigger points. The therapist’s training allows identification of the dysfunctional muscle and safe insertion of the needle to decrease pain.
A Trigger Point is a tight band in the muscle that may cause pain. This pain could be experienced locally (directly under the pressure) or refer to other areas. These are what are often referred to as ‘knots’ in the muscle and are known to cause a restriction of blood supply reducing the amount of oxygen in muscle tissue. The trigger point accumulates cell waste and toxins leading to pain referral and impaired function.
Trigger Point Dry Needling can be used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal problems. It is most effective when muscles are the primary contributing factor to the symptoms. Use of dry needling following any injury resulting in muscular compensation is supported by research and best practice. Such conditions include, but are not limited to:
- Neck stiffness
- Low back pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Arm pain (tennis and golf)
- Hip and buttock pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Chronic pain
- Shoulder impingement and dysfunction
- Knee pain and control
If you would like more information on trigger point dry needling (TDN) and to see if you could benefit from dry needling, check out this article.