Trigger Point Dry Needling
Dry Needling uses thin, sterile, single use needle inserted in to the muscle to try and illicit a local twitch response. For most people this sounds intimidating, but it usually is quite tolerable. The patient will feel a light pinch at the beginning, then a little pressure or dullness, and then will feel the muscle twitch or do a quick contraction.
Dry needling is used to release tight bound up muscle tissue. Most people refer to this as a “muscle knot”. It is an area within the muscle that is not acting normally and causing pain. It can also restrict range of motion and change normal movement patterns. That is why Dry Needling to so beneficial to athletes. Athlete push their body’s to the limit and sometimes the body is not able to fully recover before the next workout or event. Dry Needling is able to allow these tight bands of muscles to relax, restoring normal muscle function and mobility.
Due to the effectiveness and usually immediate results of dry needling it has quickly become popular among professional athletes and professional sports teams. The Redskins are just one of the NFL teams that use this procedure to heal their athletes and speed recovery time.
DRY NEEDLING TREATMENTS:
1 TREATMENT – $90,
PACKAGE OF 5 TREATMENTS $375
Trigger Point Injections
Similar to dry needling, we also offer trigger point injections. The procedure starts out the same, only we use a small hypodermic needle instead of the solid acupuncture needle. Then, once we get the muscle to twitch, we inject a small amount of solution directly in to the muscle tissue to nourish the damaged tissue and allow it to recover even faster than dry needling alone.
Many times, coaches or therapists will tell the athlete they need to hydrate to help recover from muscle knots or trigger points. This can be difficult and inefficient to get the fluids and electrolytes to the target area. The advantage of trigger point injections is that we do exactly that! We release the trigger point, and then hydrate the damaged muscle tissue so that it can heal and recover.
Each provider will use a slightly differ solution in their trigger point injection. Traditionally a physician would just use straight lidocaine that would also help numb that area that was being treated. While the lidocaine definitely helps the procedure be more comfortable, we find that adding additional nutrients in to the solution being injected increase the outcomes. Typically these will include:
- Dextrose 5%,
- B12 (hydroxocobalamin)
- Traumeel – a homeopathic anti-inflammatory
Together this solution works exceptionally well in providing the nutrients the muscles needs to heal and speeds the recovery time of the athlete.