Also known as Intramuscular Manual Therapy, Dry Needling (DN) involves using a filament needle, most commonly known for its use in acupuncture, to relieve pain and muscle tension. Trigger points, or “knots”, develop in muscles that have sustained a long duration contraction.
These contractions could be the result of protective guarding after an injury, postural dysfunctions or any activity requiring a muscle to stay contracted or have repeated contractions over time, no matter how small it may be. Trigger points have the potential to produce significant and debilitating pain that limits the body’s ability to perform normally. At Vernon Physical Therapy, our clinicians are highly trained in identifying trigger points and administering effective TDN techniques.