Alpine Sports Medicine is proud to be the first Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy practice in Park City, Utah to offer Trigger Point Dry Needling.
We are excited to announce that Janna Mann, DPT is now certified to perform Trigger Point Dry Needling. Just approved in the state of Utah and pleased to offer this treatment to our patients at Alpine Sports Medicine. Our goal is to offer the best outpatient physical therapy services to the community!
Like a lot of people, you probably have never heard of dry needling! We encourage you to read through the following information.
As well, we were recently featured on KPCW Mountain Life!
What is dry needling? – Dry needling is a procedure that targets and restores muscle function by inserting a sterile, disposable, solid filament (acupuncture) needle into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. Dry needling works best when combined with other physical therapy treatments such as exercise and manual therapy. The goal of dry needling is to accelerate pain reduction and healing and to reset and restore proper muscle function. To use a computer analogy…it’s like pressing control alt delete on a muscle.
What type of problems can be treated with dry needling? – Dry needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems where muscles are thought to be a primary contributing factor to the symptoms. It is effective for both repetitive stress and traumatic injuries and for both acute and chronic conditions. Examples include, but are not limited to, neck and back pain, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, sciatica, muscle strains, iliotibial band syndrome, patellofemoral dysfunction, etc.
What is a trigger point? A Trigger Point is a small area of muscle that is in spasm causing areas of tightness, referred pain, and hypersensitivity. At a trigger point there is a restriction of the blood supply, reducing the amount of oxygen leading to the accumulation of pain neurotransmitters and inflammatory chemicals and decreasing the ph (increased acidity). This further sensitizes the trigger point causing a pain-spasm cycle that needs to be broken. In addition to the pain, either local or referred, trigger points can cause restriction and tension in adjacent structures – tendons and nerves. Even worse…trigger points cause movement dysfunction and inefficiency…we don’t move properly when pain is on board, we are inefficient…if one part of the muscle is always contracted, how do we expect it to help with motion?
What type of problems can be treated? Dry needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems where muscles are thought to be a primary contributing factor to the symptoms. It is effective for both repetitive stress and traumatic injuries and for both acute and chronic conditions. Examples include, but are not limited to, neck and back pain, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, sciatica, muscle strains, iliotibial band syndrome, patellofemoral dysfunction, etc.
Is dry needling similar to acupuncture? The similarity between dry needling and acupuncture begins and ends with the needle. As a PTs what we are examining, how and where the needle is used, what the goal of needling is, and the other interventions we offer are very different than an acupuncturist. PTs look at posture, movement, pain patterns, musculoskeletal and nervous system function where an acupuncturist is looking at pulses and the tongue. Traditional Acupuncture aims to promote health and restore “energetic balance” and is one aspect of a Traditional Chinese Medicine approach. Dry needling is based on anatomy and neurophysiology and its aim is to needle altered or dysfunctional tissues in order to improve or restore function, in most cases specifically myofascial trigger points.
Park Record Newspaper Story > Read it here!
If you have further questions, please contact Alpine Sports Medicine and ask for Janna Mann > (435) 645-9095