Myofascial trigger points are small, localized areas of tightness or knots that can develop within a muscle or the surrounding fascia (connective tissue). Various factors, including injury, poor posture, repetitive strain, or chronic stress, can cause these trigger points. When a trigger point is activated, it can cause pain, limited range of motion, and weakness in the affected muscle. This pain may be felt locally or radiate to other areas of the body, accompanied by other symptoms such as tingling or numbness.
A needle inserted into a trigger point can elicit a twitch response, a reflex contraction of the muscle. This twitch response can help release muscle fibers tension and promote healing. The needle may also stimulate the nervous system, releasing endorphins and other natural pain-relieving substances in the body.
Dry needling can help reduce pain and inflammation, improve blood flow and oxygenation to the affected area, and promote the healing process by encouraging new tissue growth. It is often used with other therapies, such as chiropractic adjustments, massage, and exercise, to maximize its benefits.
Chiropractors are trained in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions, including those that can be treated with dry needling. They also have a deep understanding of anatomy and physiology, which allows them to effectively target trigger points and other areas of tightness or discomfort.
In addition, chiropractors are trained to assess their patients' overall health and well-being. They may recommend other treatments or lifestyle changes to help alleviate pain and promote healing.
Always check the chiropractor's licenses and certifications when looking for a professional to perform dry needling. Only licensed and certified medical professionals should perform dry needling therapy. In Louisiana, chiropractors complete extra training in dry needling before being able to perform the treatment. Check with your state to see which professionals can perform dry needling.
Our chiropractor has completed additional training above the Louisiana requirements in dry needling and is Certified in Integrative Dry Needling (CIDN). Obtaining these credentials means the chiropractor has successfully completed the Neurological Dry Needling for Pain Management & Sports Rehabilitation (Foundation) and Advanced Neurologic Dry Needling for Pain Management and Performance Enhancement courses.
Chiropractors undergo vigorous training in human anatomy to determine precisely where to perform dry needling. Chiropractic training also includes palpation of trigger points and other examination procedures to diagnose your condition(s) appropriately.