RELEASE THE KRAKEN
Posted on January 26 2016
Do you ever feel like there is a monstrous creature wreaking havoc inside your body? In the depths of pain, are you willing to do just about anything to release the Kraken? If so, it’s likely time to visit your physical therapist.
Fit Physical Therapy employs a wide range of techniques to diagnose and treat pain and limited mobility. I’ve been told by many of our patients that one technique in particular, Trigger Point Dry Needling, is like a “best kept secret”. I am very excited about this adjunct treatment because, when appropriate, it yields amazing results in a very short amount of time.
In medical terms, Trigger Point Dry Needling is a hands-on technique which treats myofascial pain and dysfunction. The goal is to inactivate myofascial trigger points and restore muscle tones and muscle lengths back to normal. When successful, Trigger Point Dry Needling will improve coordination, function and strength. This is great news for anyone who has experienced limited mobility as a result of myofascial pain.
Trigger Point Dry Needling really isn’t a secret. It’s origins date back to the 1940’s. Of course, the concept continues to gain popularity because a growing number of patients are interested in a more holistic approach to health. People from all walks of life are seeking natural alternatives to pills and surgery. Fit Physical Therapy is happy to help them along that path.
What is a Trigger Point?
At one time or another, most of us have uttered the words, “Ouch, I have a knot in my muscle.” A myofascial trigger point is a hyperirritable (note: hyper-irritable, or extremely irritated) knot in a muscle. Generally, these knots are located in a tight muscle band and are extremely painful to the touch.
Unfortunately, many people are never appropriately diagnosed with a myofascial trigger point. The actual source of pain is difficult for doctors to isolate because the sensation of pain may be referred to another part of the body. This is very frustrating for folks who are experiencing the discomfort.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is a highly effective and efficient technique used to inactivate myofascial trigger points. Like its name implies, dry needling uses a thin solid filament sterile needle which is inserted with a repetitive manipulation in the muscle knot. The goal of the procedure is to release the knot by creating an isolated twitch response. The twitch response helps release the shortened bands of muscle fibers. No medication is used. The needles and the therapist’s manipulation work in tandem to deactivate the trigger point. Simply stated, patients experience relief when muscle knots are “worked out.”
Dry Needling Benefits:
- Immediate relief of symptoms
- Allows therapists to reach deeper layers of muscles
- All natural, drug-free option
- Unique results not found from other treatments
Trust Only a Specialist
When considering Dry Needling, make sure to work with a physical therapist who is certified in intramuscular manual therapy (a.k.a. – Functional Dry Needling or Trigger Point Dry Needling). Dry needling requires additional study and coursework. At Fit Physical Therapy, you will work with a therapist who is certified to provide this life-giving treatment.
Dry Needling is meant to be used in conjunction with other manual and physical therapy treatments, like: exercise, education, postural training, and other hands-on techniques like soft tissue massage and manipulation.
While Dry Needling is a fabulous tool, the real ongoing healing is in the hands of the patient. To properly heal, muscles need consistent training and retraining. It’s important to heed the advice of your physical therapist and follow your overall treatment plan carefully.
Length of Treatment
On average, we will use Dry Needling one or two times per week during treatment, if appropriate. Some patients only need a few weeks of therapy, while others require a few months or more. No matter where you are in the spectrum, the pain relief will be well worth your investment of time.
To find out if Trigger Point Dry Needling is an option for you, please contact our office to set up a consultation. Our therapists look forward to meeting you, learning about your health concerns, and helping you reach your health potential. Schedule today!
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