How Can We Treat These Trigger Points?
Myotherapists use a number of different techniques to eliminate active trigger points, ranging from deep tissue massage, stretching, heat, tens machines, cupping and dry-needling.
In our experience, dry needling is an extremely effective method of eliminating trigger points (tight spots) in the muscles that you experience pain and dysfunction in. Many of our clients report to us that they feel so much relief from needling and ask for it as a preferred treatment tool.
Dry needling involves inserting a thin acupuncture needle into a ‘trigger point’ and leaving it in place for a few minutes, or we may chose to locate the trigger point and then move the needle around to reproduce the pain you have been feeling, in an attempt to deactivate the trigger point.
When the needles go in, usually the client will not feel much pain as the needles are very fine. If you do experience a lot of pain on insertion, please let your Myotherapists know immediately. Your therapist will often remove the needle and reinsert it so it does not cause you pain on insertion.
You may experience a dull ache from the needle, but this is a good response as it is working on your trigger point. Dry needling of a number of trigger points can be done in one session, with pain relief lasting three to four days after one session, and then any sessions after this it will continue to improve and relief will be longer until it goes 100 percent.
If any soreness is felt after a treatment, a heat pack can be applied for 10 minutes after the treatment, but we rarely experience this with our clients.