Dry Needling: Finding Relief through Your Trigger Points

Technique Helps to Reduce Pain and Promote Healing

Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Services offer a comprehensive variety of programs designed to relieve pain and improve our patients' functional levels.  Our physical therapists provide rehabilitation for the full spectrum of Crystal Clinic Orthopedic Center specialties, including:
  • Post-surgical
  • Sports injuries
  • Pediatric orthopedics
  • Various arthroscopic procedures

Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center's physical therapists treat individuals with impairments, functional limitations and disabilities. To alleviate these limitations, they design, implement and modify comprehensive therapeutic interventions using modern equipment.

Our belief is close physician-therapist coordination leads to better patient results and physical outcomes.

Staff members are accredited and licensed in the State of Ohio and undergo annual competency training, receiving continuing education to stay current with technology and care. Many are specially trained in a specific area of rehabilitation.

How it Works

A very small, fine needle is inserted through the skin and into the deeper tissues identified as trigger points for your pain. As the needle enters into muscle, it creates a localized twitch response (LTR) that alters the tissue fibers, disrupts the pain cycle, and releases the contracted muscle.

Will it Hurt?

Your physical or occupational therapist is trained to administer this technique in the least painful way possible. However, you may experience some discomfort momentarily when a local twitch response of the muscle is triggered. Some describe it as an achiness or a cramping sensation. These are all perfectly normal reactions. You may feel a deep ache once the needle is inserted, but that sensation should lessen after a few seconds.

How will I Feel Afterwards?

In some cases, immediate relief of symptoms can occur; however, it can take several sessions to achieve a desired effect. Some people experience soreness afterwards while others do not. If there is soreness present, it may last up to two days. The use of heat, light massage and movement can help to alleviate it. Others have reported feeling tired following a session, which is also very common. Depending on the location of the treatment, there may be some mild bruising. Applying ice to that area will help with any soreness.

Although less common, some individuals notice that the treatment temporarily seems to increase their symptoms. If symptoms persist for more than two days, it is important to notify your physical or occupational therapist so that changes can be made to your treatment plan.

Developing a Customized Treatment Program

Your physical or occupational therapist will work with you to design a treatment plan that addresses your specific needs. Such a plan may include other traditional physical therapy methods like manual therapy, endurance training, therapeutic exercise, stabilization, and postural training.

The number of dry needling sessions you require depends on the extent of your injury and your overall health. After completing an initial evaluation, your physical or occupational therapist will have a better idea of what it will take to restore your normal function.

Preparing for Your Treatment

You won’t have to prepare much in advance for a treatment; however, we recommend that you follow these guidelines:
• Do not eat 30 minutes prior to your session
• Hydrate yourself, but empty your bladder before the treatment
• Wear loose-fitting clothes that allow for easy access to your painful areas

Helpful Tips for After Your Treatment

Again, each person’s response to this treatment varies. Generally, we suggest the following to enhance your personal comfort:
• Increase your water intake
• Apply heat or ice to the area
• Perform gentle stretches
• Modify activities as needed

Locations That Offer Dry Needling

437 Portage Trail, Suite B
Phone: (330) 929-9192

1622 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road
Phone: (330) 644-5461

Suite 200
Phone: (330) 776-4420

1310 Corporate Drive
Phone: (330) 655-8182

4975 Foote Road, Suite 200
Phone: (330) 725-8772

3975 Embassy Parkway, Suite 103
Phone: (330) 670-4141

3925 Embassy Parkway, Suite 200
Phone: (330) 668-4060