Dry needling, also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling, is a highly effective treatment, unequaled in identifying and eliminating pain emanating from spasms in muscle tissue. The technique uses a "dry" needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points.
The treatment involves identifying the source of the pain and advancing a small, monofilament needle, similar to an acupuncture needle, into the related muscles, eliciting a small twitch response and then relaxation of the muscle. The identification and stimulation of the trigger point can “reboot” the muscle to alleviate both the original problem as well as secondary pain radiating from the trigger point. Many patients experience dramatic pain relief and improved function in just a few treatments, often with long-lasting effects.
We utilize dry needling as a tool to help with many different kinds of neuromuscular dysfunctions including:
Increased muscle tone after stroke or spinal cord injury
Chronic neck pain
Whiplash Associative Disorder
Headaches and Migraines
Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
IT band friction syndrome
Dry Needling is performed by our CIDN trained therapist, Eric Blackstone, at our Lake Ridge clinic.