Trigger point dry needling is a technique utilized by physical therapists to treat muscular tension and spasms. These muscular complications often stem from certain conditions. These include myofascial pain, arthritis, muscle strain, irritation of the nerves, strains involving ligaments, and discs in the back that have become herniated.

This course of treatment targets the trigger points in the body. These are sensitive regions of the body such as a tender area located in a muscle that results in the development of generalized musculoskeletal pain when the area becomes overstimulated.

Dry needling physical therapy is referred to as such because there is no solution injected into the body prior to the treatment. Trigger point dry needling is now considered to be an effective treatment for deactivating or shutting down painful, tender, and/or knotted areas within the muscles of the body.

In this brief guide, you will be provided with general information pertaining to dry needling physical therapy.

trigger point dry needling

trigger point dry needling

What is Trigger Dry Needling?

Trigger point dry needling is a treatment that utilizes a small solid-based filament needle. The needle is inserted directly into a contracted muscle. This creates a localized twitch that has the capability of decreasing the contraction of painful and tender muscles.

Additionally, the therapy aids in eliminating the irritation from chemicals and optimizing flexibility within that muscle. As the needle from the therapy enters into the muscle, it creates a small lesion. This lesion will actually make its way through thousands of muscle fibers. As this occurs, the body will immediately consider the needle to be a foreign invader. As a result, the immune system will be immediately activated. Furthermore, an inflammatory reaction will also occur.

Both the immune system response and the inflammatory reaction will result in systematic relief to bouts of pain, discomfort, and inflammation.

The Benefits

While we could expound on the numerous neurological, skeletal, and muscular benefits associated with trigger point dry needling, we have elected to share the following general list of benefits with you:

  • If you suffer from pain, you will immediately discover that dry needling physical therapy quickly eliminates that pain – regardless of where it occurs within the body.
  • If you have a lot of tension in your body, trigger point dry needling will relieve that tension and provide long-lasting relief.
  • If you suffer from injuries that stem from overuse, dry needling will help the body heal and recover.
  • Muscles that seem tight, knotted, and ineffective will experience improvements after trigger point needle treatment.
  • Trigger point dry needling aids in improving blood flow within the body.
  • Muscles are stimulated by the treatment so that they work more effectively.
  • Range of motion and flexibility are improved.


Trigger point dry needling provides immediate and long-lasting results for individuals that have injuries from overuse, extreme bouts of chronic pain, and other types of physical-based injuries.

It is possible to treat virtually any muscles within the body and at varying depths. Immediately following a session, you will find that you experience a positive change.

Back to Motion offers dry needling physical therapy and other forms of therapy that will leave you feeling your best. If you’re in the Denver area visit our

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