Myofascial trigger point dry needling (MFTrPDN) is a treatment to restore
proper function to abnormally behaving muscles. Nodules, or knots, and
tight bands that develop in the muscle create localized pain or send pain
signals to other locations. The affected muscles become *locked* and cannot
function normally, which restricts movement and causes chronic pain.
Nodules develop from overuse, trauma, poor posture, lack of exercise, sleep
disturbances, vitamin deficiencies, joint arthritis or nerves compressed at
the spine and other locations. These painful areas contain biochemicals
that cause pain to the local nerves and decreased oxygen flow, or *ischemia*,
which causes the muscle fibers to lock.
Of the many treatment methods applied to painful muscles, none are quite as
effective – fast acting and long lasting – as MFTrPDN. It short-circuits
the vicious pain cycle in a very direct way that other methods cannot
accomplish. The muscle contracture releases to its normal length,
circulation is improved, swelling recedes and the pain-causing biochemicals
disperse, eliminating their noxious effect on local nerves.
Dry needling utilizes sterile, thin monofilament needles, and relief is
often rapid with a reduction in pain and improved function.