Use Of Trigger Point Dry Needling

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Introduction Trigger point dry needling (TDN) is a treatment in which practitioners insert thin, sterile filiform needles into patients for the purpose of pain relief by stimulating underlying myofascial trigger points, muscles, tendons, and connective tissues. This technique is not only used for the management of neuromuscular pain relief, but it is also used to treat movement impairments and dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue. Dry needling is also implemented in clinical practice for the purpose of reducing and eventually restoring impairments of body structure and function (American Physical Therapy Association [APTA], 2013). These purposes for dry needling eventually lead to improved activity and function in patients who are receptive to the treatment. Many studies have shown the clinical significance and efficacy of trigger point dry needling, but the modality is controversial in the physical therapy practice due to the fact that many just see dry needling as another form of acupuncture. However, it should be noted that trigger point dry needling is based on traditional Western medicine, as opposed to acupuncture which is based on Eastern medicine. Acupuncturists vehemently argue that dry needling is within the scope of the acupuncturist only, not physical therapists or other medical practitioners since many of the trigger points in both practices overlap. However, trigger point dry needling is just another tool that physical therapists and…
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