Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPDN) is a perfect technique to help resolve stubborn muscle tightness and pain. Unlike a deep tissue massage, myofascial release, or acupuncture, TPDN directly targets the restricted tissue causing your pain. It can take as little as 1 visit to resolve your symptoms depending on the duration of your symptoms, the location of your pain, and the specific muscle involved. TPDN can be performed by healthcare professionals including physical therapists, chiropractors, and dentists that have received extra training in the specific techniques of dry needling. In the state of Colorado, dry needling can be performed by a physical therapist without a doctor's prescription.
How does dry needling work?
Dry Needling uses a monofilament needle (similar to an acupuncture needle) that is directly inserted into the dysfunctional muscle tissue. The goal is to mechanically break down the "trigger point", similar to a deep tissue massage, to reduce pain, eliminate restrictions, improve mobility, and encourage improved muscle tissue function.
What does it feel like?
Common sensations include deep pressure, a starburst sensation, and muscle twitching. It is often described as a "hurt so good" feeling.
Why is it called "dry" needling?
Since there is no medication being injection (i.e. "wet" needling) into the muscle trigger point, it is called "dry" needling.
What are the risks?
In general, the risks of dry needling are minimal. Minimal risks include the possibility of mild bruising, soreness for 1-2 days after the session, and nerve irritation. The most serious risk is developing a pneumothorax (collapsed lung). This complication may develop if your provider does not take enough precautions while needling in the lung field. Practitioners that are trained properly and use appropriate dry needling techniques will not cause a pneumothorax.
What are the benefits?
Dry needling is a quick and effective soft tissue technique that helps break the cycle of tightness and pain. Following a session of dry needling, patients are instructed to use heat to help the muscle tissue remodel and heal. Targeted muscle activation exercises can also be provided improve movement patterns and prevent your symptoms from returning.
How do I get scheduled?
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Dr Jessica Klain PT, DPT, COMT, CSCS, OCS, CNPT
Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist
Certified Nutritional Physical Therapist Certified Vestibular Specialist
Trigger Point Dry Needling Certified, Level 1&2
Certified Yoga Teacher
University of Florida, Doctorate in Physical Therapy (2009)
The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Science in Biology (2006)