In recent years there has been a huge increase in the number of musculoskeletal injuries such as repetitive stress injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, runner’s shin and knee pains, cervical whiplash injuries and lower back pain. As these pains become more common so have non-surgical treatments designed to minimize soft tissue pain.
Trigger point therapy is a mode of therapy designed to lessen pain, tension, and diminished blood flow in the soft tissues.
Trigger point therapy uses a variety of tools to stimulate then inactive myofascial “trigger points” to provide tension release. Dry needling is a type of acupuncture that inserts thin needles below the skin to release muscle knots. It has been very effective in the treatment of scar tissue and tendonitis. In addition to needles, some physicians use knuckles, elbows, hands, or specialized tools to release tension.