Reducing Pain with Trigger Points

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If you suffer from pain around your trigger points (those areas of the body that are the main cause of myofascial pain), then you need to try dry needling. How can you tell if you have to trigger point pain?

It appears in very specific parts of the body, such as space right inside of your shoulder blade. If pushing on that area to relieve the pressure helps take care of the pain for a certain period of time, then you have trigger point pain. Thankfully, you don’t need to reach for more NSAIDS or any similar treatments in order to help the pain. You just have to go to an expert that uses dry needling techniques.

What Is Dry Needling?

If you’ve heard of acupuncture or even had an acupuncture session done, then you’re already familiar with the general idea of dry needling. However, if you haven’t, then you need to know that this technique uses very thin needles in order to relieve the pain on your trigger points.

The main difference between dry needling and acupuncture is the overall belief system involved. Acupuncture is based on Eastern medicine and its ideals. The needles are inserted (not deeply – just enough to get to the myofascial layer) and make you feel better. Dry needling, on the other hand, uses similar needles, but it’s based on traditional Western medicine. The needles are inserted into the trigger points in the myofascial layer, where they relieve the pain.

How Does It Work?

Dry needling works in a very specific way. The practitioner inserts the needle into the specific trigger points, usually on the back, but in other parts of the body as well, depending on where your pain comes from. The needle goes into the painful area, relieving pressure, which why you’ll feel a tiny pressure release every time that you have this done. However, it also stimulates the damaged tissues in that area, convincing them to begin to repair themselves.

In some cases, if the muscle is damaged underneath the skin in that area, the needle prick will restore blood flow to it and it will start to heal. Also, the toxins managed to build up in the same spot, they will be released. As a result, you’ll feel much less pain in that specific trigger point, and, although it may take a few sessions, the pain won’t come back since that damage will heal.

Who Will This Work for?

The simple answer to this question is that everyone who has some type of chronic (reoccurring) or acute (once in a while, usually after hurting yourself in some way), pain can benefit from dry needling. The technique is designed to help with both types of pain, and as we said, it can be done on most parts of the body. If you suffer from pain and think that treating your trigger points will help, then you have to give dry needling a chance. You’d be surprised at how much better you’ll feel.