What is it?

Trigger Point Dry Needling is a common physical therapy technique using filiform needles to get rid of trigger points. Trigger points are basically tight bundles or "knots" of muscle fibers which can occur due to injury, overuse, or weakness. They can cause pain and impair funcitonal motion, and limit flexibility. During dry needling, your doctor will go directly into the trigger point in order to get it to relax.

Is it Painful?

Typically, there is no pain associated with needle insertion. There is temporary discomfort when the needle reaches the muscle. After needling, patients experience soreness than can last a day or two, but generally only lasts 4-6 hours. This feels like common muscle soreness one would feel from a hard workout.

Is it Acupuncture?

While trigger point dry needling and acupuncture use the same type of filiform needles, dry needling is not acupuncture. Acupuncture is a technique typically using multiple needles inserted along meridian lines in order to alter one's Qi or energy flow. Dry needling is a more direct approach where the needle is inserted directly into the muscle or trigger point for pain relief or to restore functional movement.