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An In-Depth Look at Trigger Point Dry Needling at Cherry Creek Wellness Center

October 12, 2016

Although Cherry Creek Wellness Center is well known for its physical therapy services, our team also offers a number of specialty services too. One of these specialty services is trigger point dry needling.

What is Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPDN)?

TPDN uses small, sterile needles that resemble those used in acupuncture. It’s referred to as dry needling because the needles do not contain any medication and are not used to inject a fluid. This treatment allows trained physical therapists to work on muscles that they otherwise would not be able to reach with just their hands.

How does it work?

Tissues can become inflamed after repeated use or injury. When this occurs, the tissue naturally becomes tense to guard against further damage. The tension and contraction of the tissue reduces the blood flow to the damaged area and alerts the body to begin making fibroblasts, which are cells that create scar tissue. When scar tissue builds up around the damaged area, the muscle is unable to function as it normally would. That’s where TPDN becomes helpful. The needles are gently inserted into areas where the client is feeling tightness, muscle spasms or persistent pain. When the needle is inserted into these areas, the muscle begins to involuntarily contract. The client may feel a slight twitch of the muscle at this point before the muscle finally starts to relax. After the muscle has completely relaxed, many clients report a significant reduction in pain. Learn more about trigger-point dry needling.

What conditions does TPDN treat?

Clients come to the Cherry Creek Wellness Center to receive TPDN for a variety of conditions including headaches, neck pain, lower back pain, sore muscles, jaw pain and tight muscles.

However, this is typically not the only type of treatment that clients receive at Cherry Creek Wellness Center. Physical therapists rely on TPDN to relieve pain and improve the client’s overall range of motion, but TPDN is usually part of a larger treatment plan. Clients may receive TPDN along with physical therapy and other treatments depending on their specific condition.

How is TPDN different from acupuncture?

At first glance, TPDN may seem very similar to acupuncture—after all, both involve inserting thin, sterile needles into specific pressure points in the body. But, the truth of the matter is, these two practices are quite different. The principles of acupuncture are based on ancient Chinese medicine, while TPDN is based solely on Western medicine. The placement of acupuncture needles is determined by the body’s perceived flow of energy, however TPDN needles are inserted directly where the client is experiencing pain.

What happens after a TPDN session?

If you receive TPDN at Cherry Creek Wellness Center, you may experience slight soreness in the areas that were treated following the appointment. The soreness may begin right after the appointment or not show up for hours or even days later. The treated areas may be slightly bruised as well, but this is a normal side effect and is not a cause for concern.

TPDN is just one of the many treatments that is offered at Cherry Creek Wellness Center. Are you interested in learning more about our services? Contact us today by calling 303-333-3493!