What is Trigger-Point Dry Needling?
The use of small, very thin sterile needles as treatment for muscle tightness, spasms, or persistent pain. Trigger-point dry needling diminishes hypersensitive nerves and patients commonly report an immediate reduction in pain. The only side effect is soreness.
At Cherry Creek Wellness Center we have multiple physical therapists at our locations who have completed extensive training to provide trigger point dry needling therapy
What to expect during your TPDN appointment:
To perform Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPDN) a trained Physical Therapist inserts extremely thin, sterile, disposable needles into the muscles that are causing pain. The needles remain in the muscle only briefly and cause the muscle to contract and relax, decreasing discomfort. Sometimes the therapist will stimulate the needles with a slight electrical charge to increase the contract-relax effect. During TPDN you generally feel nothing more than a slight twitch in the muscle. Afterward, you usually feel significant relief from pain.
What to expect after your TPDN appointment:
Following your treatment, you may feel sore where you were needled. However, soreness may not occur until hours later or the next day. Soreness varies from person to person but many compare it to a hard workout from the gym. Soreness may last for up to two days. To minimize soreness, drink plenty of water or soak in a hot bath. It is also normal to see bruising where the needling occurred.
What conditions can TPDN treat:
- Neck pain
- Low back pain
- Sore muscles
- Jaw pain
- Tight muscles
This treatment is not normally covered by insurance and an additional fee may apply, please call for details.