Many people are skeptical about Trigger Dry Needling (TDN). If you don’t know what it is or if the idea of getting stuck with needles makes you nervous, TDN can be a beneficial treatment for muscle pain and aches around your body. This article will help explain what TDN is and what kind of effects the treatments have on the body to aid in muscle pain relief.
One of the leading factors to undergo TDN treatment is myofascial pain. Myofascial pain is noted as a variety of muscles pains, aches or spasms. Myofascial pain has no known cause but there are underlying conditions that can cause this kind of muscle pain. Irregular sleep patterns, extreme amounts of stress, prior injuries, and depression can all cause myofascial pain. TDN is a common practice used to alleviate this kind of pain.
TDN & Acupuncture
Acupuncture and TDN are sometimes perceived as the same thing. Although both acupuncture and TDN use similar tools to achieve their goals they are not the same practice. Acupuncture is normally used to rebalance the flow of “chi” in a person. Chi is believed to be the vital energy source that we see in every living being. Acupuncture can unblock the flow of their chi through 12 major points in their body to achieve balance. TDN is specifically used to ease muscle pain and promote muscle contraction. The elements of each practice are similar, but the purpose and end goal of each method varies.
There are a number of benefits of using TDN to treat one’s muscle pain. As mentioned before, TDN can ease muscle pain and is particularly useful for athletes of all sports. TDN loosens stiff and overworked muscles and increases the oxygen and blood flow to the areas being treated. In some cases, TDN can increase the range of motion of a muscle by relieving the tension and pain in specific areas. Common ailments that are treated with TDN are:
Gluteal and Hip Pain
Neck and Back Pain
This list encompasses a handful of reasons behind using TDN but physical therapists are finding more ways to utilize TDN more frequently
After the treatment patients could encounter minor side effects. Soreness and bruising can occur in or around the treatment area after TDN. Stretching of the treated area is encouraged to alleviate soreness. TDN should also not be considered for the only treatment of muscle pain but rather as an additional step in a broader plan to treat it.