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Trigger Point Dry Needling by a Physical Therapist for the Treatment of Myofascial Pain

Trigger Point Dry Needling by a Physical Therapist for the Treatment of Myofascial Pain

Trigger Point Dry Needling is a technique, performed by specially trained physical therapists, that uses a very fine filament needle inserted into the areas of the muscle known as trigger points. This technique uses a “dry” needle, with no injectable solution. The needle itself and the effects it produces within the tissue is the actual treatment.

An injury to a muscle, caused by repetitive use or acute trauma, can result in inflammation from the damaged tissue. Damaged muscle tissue will go into a protective tension state in an attempt to guard against further damage. These tight bands, also referred to as trigger points, can limit the muscle’s ability to function properly and can lead to other ailments. Trigger Point Dry Needling is not acupuncture, which is based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Rather, it is based on western medicine principles targeting trigger points in muscles and is supported by significant medical research.

One may or may not feel the insertion of the needle, but the needle is intended to produce a local twitch response from the targeted trigger point. This is followed by a brief, dull ache that travels through the muscle, typically only lasting three to five seconds. Many patients report a muscle soreness post treatment that is similar to an overworked muscle and can last between several hours or up to two days. The benefits however, are that even after one treatment, clients have reported improvements such as decreased pain, improved range of motion, and greater ease of movement.

Trigger point dry Needling has become an effective adjunct to the physical therapy treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions including: neck, back and shoulder pain, tennis/golfers elbow, headaches, hip, gluteal and knee pain, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, muscular strains, and ligament sprains.

Terri received her degree from Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, Canada in 1987. She has worked as a physical therapist for more than 30 years in areas including major ski resorts in Canada and the United States. This experience has enabled her to work with patients ranging from weekend warriors to elite athletes. Her post graduate education has focused on orthopedics and sports medicine, manual therapy, and trigger point dry needling.

Trigger point dry needling treatment is offered at all of our Axis Sports Medicine locations in Summit and Eagle County. To schedule an appointment or ask any questions please contact any one of our clinics in Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne, Avon, Edwards, or Eagle or look for us at

About Axis Sports Medicine:

Axis Sports Medicine is committed to clinical exellence, building loyal relationships and providing a positive patient experience to make us the number one choice for physical therapy in our mountain communities.
We offer the highest standard of outpatient physical therapy. Our treatments are backed by advanced research and proven techniques delivered by a company recognized for employing among the highest number of advanced certified physical therapists in the state of Colorado.

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