Dry Needling

In Phoenix, AZ

Dry needling is a specialized therapeutic technique utilized at TriMotus to reduce discomfort and pain within the musculoskeletal system. Unlike acupuncture, dry needling targets trigger points within muscles using fine needles, stimulating muscle contractions and promoting natural healing processes.

Muscular pain often becomes apparent after overuse of the muscle or inadequate blood supply, creating a trigger point where the patient’s nerves are highly sensitive. Dry needling effectively addresses these points, promoting improved blood flow and reducing pain and tension.

By reducing nerve sensitivity, dry needling effectively improves the range of motion, treating a variety of conditions like tendonitis, TMJ, and Carpal tunnel syndrome.

How Does Dry Needling Enhance Muscle Function?

While similar in appearance to acupuncture, dry needling differs in its underlying principles and aims to directly impact muscle function rather than influencing energy flow. By targeting trigger points within muscles, this technique promotes improved blood flow, reduced tension, and accelerated healing.

The therapeutic effects of dry needling are multifaceted and rooted in neurophysiological mechanisms. When a needle is inserted into a trigger point, it stimulates sensory receptors within the muscle, triggering a cascade of responses within the nervous system that enhance muscle function and alleviate pain.

By targeting trigger points, which are often associated with areas of increased muscle tension or hyperactivity, dry needling helps to normalize muscle tone and reduce excessive muscle contraction. This can lead to improved flexibility, range of motion, and overall muscle function.

Moreover, dry needling has been shown to promote improved blood flow to the targeted muscles. The insertion of needles stimulates local vasodilation, increasing blood circulation to the area thereby promoting muscle recovery.

Additionally, dry needling can trigger the release of endogenous opioids and other neurotransmitters such as serotonin and gamma-aminobutyric acid. Furthermore, the mechanical stimulation provided by dry needling can disrupt adhesions and scar tissue within muscles, promoting tissue remodeling and improving muscle function.

By breaking down these restrictions, dry needling restores the natural elasticity and mobility of muscles, allowing for smoother movement and enhanced function. Relief may not come all at once, but patients will experience significant pain relief and enhanced range of motion with each session that continues to improve every time.

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How Do the Physicians at TriMotus Incorporate Dry Needling?

The TriMotus physicians will perform a routine physical exam to ensure dry needling is a safe and effective option for you. Once you are approved for candidacy, TriMotus will formulate your personalized pain management plan and walk you through the next steps.

During the session, the practitioner locates trigger points and gently inserts needles. Treatment duration and intensity vary based on individual needs, with subsequent sessions tailored accordingly.

Some patients may have their needle inserted shallowly, some may have a deeper-set needle; some patients will have their needles removed quickly, some may be left in place for a few minutes, and some may be gently moved within the trigger point. Post-treatment, patients may experience mild soreness, which typically resolves within 24-36 hours.

Initial sessions are usually the quickest since a TriMotus physician will start with only one or two needles. These needles may stay within the trigger point for a few seconds or twenty minutes, and more needles will likely be added to subsequent treatments if more pain management is needed.

Candidates for Dry Needling

Dry needling offers potential relief for individuals grappling with chronic musculoskeletal pain, regardless of age or specific condition. This includes:

Individuals experiencing chronic muscle tension often present with persistent discomfort and tightness from prolonged sitting, poor posture, repetitive movements, or stress. By targeting trigger points within these tense muscles, dry needling can release knots and promote relaxation.

Patients diagnosed with myofascial pain syndrome–characterized by the presence of trigger points. Dry needling is particularly effective in addressing these trigger points as it helps to deactivate them and restore normal muscle function through improved blood flow.

Fibromyalgia patients with widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in specific tender points throughout the body. Trigger point treatment can manage the pain and discomfort associated with fibromyalgia by targeting trigger points and promoting the release of endorphins.

Athletic individuals with musculoskeletal injuries, such as muscle strains, ligament sprains, and tendonitis, as a result of repetitive movements, overuse, or trauma. Dry needling adds another therapeutic level of care that accelerates the recovery process, reduces inflammation, and restores optimal function.

However, it’s crucial to recognize that not everyone is a suitable candidate for this therapy. For example, pregnant women may need to consider potential risks and benefits before undergoing dry needling, as certain trigger points may need to be avoided during pregnancy. Similarly, those who are immunocompromised should consult with their healthcare provider to assess the appropriateness of dry needling in their specific circumstances.

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