What is Trigger Point Dry Needling?
Dry or trigger-point needling is where the needles are placed directly into muscles to release tension and relieve pain. The word “Dry” refers to the use of a needle that does not inject fluid or medication. We also offer Trigger Point Injections, if needed.
Dry Needling can help improve range of motion and coax muscles to release very quickly. We can incorporate dry needling into an acupuncture protocol, after a massage treatment or on it’s own. And our style of dry needling is to work slowly and have open communication with our clients, recognizing that every person reacts differently to needles. Consult with your Acupuncturist at your intial visit to determine if TDN is appropriate for you and to discuss any potential contraindications.
What is Dry Needling with Electrical Stimulation (E-stim)?
Dry needling on its own can be extremely effective as a treatment but running electrical stimulation thru the needles can have additional benefits, when appropriate. E-stim with Dry Needling can help decrease pain and decrease muscle holding patterns faster by over-riding the pain or nerve receptors. E-Stim can also help calm active trigger points and provide a longer-term effect.
How Can Dry Needling Help Me?
- Decreases pain
- Reduces muscles tightness
- Resets muscle holding patterns
- Resets muscles to their normal resting length
How is Dry Needling Different from Acupuncture?
“Dry or Deep Needling” techniques have been applied by Acupuncturists for many years, but this term became popularized thru PT and MD programs more recently. Acupuncture is different from Dry Needling in that it focuses on exact locations of (energy) points that have numerous, specific effects on the body rather than focusing on muscles alone. It is based on thousands of years of Chinese medicine theory and treats each person individually different.
Acupuncture techniques use exact anatomical point locations to balance a person’s energy and internal resources. Most acupuncturists employ a similar Dry needling technique for muscle release called “Ashur Needling” that can be less painful, but incorporates the balancing of the body’s energy while relieving pain and muscle tightness.
Why Choose Boulder Therapeutics?
All of our Acupuncturists, massage therapists and medical practitioners are skilled in advanced treatment techniques. We’ll review your posture and help assess the actual cause of your pain or restriction. We will also explain when to use ice or heat and will provide stretches & recommendations to help get you feeling better.
The staff at Boulder Therapeutics takes great pride in our ability to help athletes & injured clients reach their full potential. We work in conjunction with doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, and other health care professionals to provide our clients with the highest level of care possible. We have treated everything from pulled muscles, whiplash and joint pain to scoliosis, carpal tunnel syndrome and severe nerve pain. And if you’re an athlete, we will create a session unique to your needs using the same knowledge, skills and experience we have developed working with professional level athletes from the NFL, MLS, World Cup, Olympians, International Rugby teams, professional cyclists, runners, triathletes, rock climbers and many other sports. For 12 seasons, the staff at Boulder Therapeutics were the massage therapists for the Colorado Rapids Professional Soccer Team.