Dry Needling FAQs

What is the cause of trigger points?

Trigger points can be the result of overuse, poor posture, muscle strains, performance of strenuous, unaccustomed activities, or many other causes. They are highly associated with osteoarthritis and other joint dysfunctions.

Do the trigger points come back after treatment is completed?

Stretching and trigger point self mobilization are particularly helpful in keeping trigger points away. Also, by working on the other aspects of your treatment such as postural dysfunction, mobility, strength, and body mechanics, you can address the dysfunctions that initially led to the trigger point formation.

Does dry needling hurt?

The sensation felt during trigger point dry needling is often described as a brief muscle cramp. This only lasts a fraction of a second, but it is the reason why dry needling is so effective. The myofascial trigger point that has been in a continuous contracted state contracts strongly before it relaxes. There is commonly a period of soreness following dry needling that is comparable to performing strenuous exercise with that muscle.

How long before I know the treatment worked?

Results are often dependent on the amount of time and the severity of the trigger point. Clients often report an immediate decrease in pain or muscle tension, however certain chronic cases may take 4-6 sessions before a major improvement is noted. Most commonly, clients report greatest changes 2-3 days after treatment.