Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) is a treatment that the Carolina Ballet dancers have recently been able to use for our aches and pains. We are very lucky to have our PT certified and able to treat the dancers in a more advanced way. I had my first TDN session in early January 2012.
For me, this method of therapy proved to be helpful. I have been suffering from Achilles tendentious off and on for a while due to my Os Trigonum Syndrome (an extra bone developed behind the ankle bone irritating the ankle joint). The TDN needles relieve tightness near the tendon, on my calf, and on my lower back. It was a very strange sensation when the needle tightens then releases the muscle. It doesn’t exactly hurt, but did feel strange.
Now, I will explain the procedure in a more medical way: Muscular pain and tightness symptoms are commonly followed by injuries, muscle imbalance and overuse. The muscular tightness and spasm will cause compression and irritation of the nerves exiting the spine. When the nerves are irritated, they cause a protective spasm of all the muscles to which they are connected. Small, thin needles are inserted in the muscles at the trigger points causing the pain referral. The muscles would then twitch and release, improving flexibility of the muscle and decreasing symptoms. This also improves muscle performance.
The needles used in this technique are the very thin acupuncture needles, however it is not acupuncture. Acupuncture is an Eastern medicine treatment based on tongue and pulse diagnosis and uses acupuncture points.
Let the healing begin!