Myofascial Dry Needling is a therapy adapted from acupuncture, in that it uses fine acupuncture needles, applied to the musculoskeletal system in order to deactivate Myofascial Trigger Points (MTrPs), which is the direct and palpable source of patient pain, rather than the traditional meridians accessed via acupuncture.
A myofascial trigger point can be defined as a hyperirritable spot in a skeletal muscle that is painful when compressed and can cause referred pain or tenderness, motor dysfunction and autonomic phenomena.
Once inserted into the trigger points, the needles stimulate the MTrPs, desensitising or deactivating them and the associated referred pain. This results in pain relief, an increase in range of movement, healing, and also stimulating the production of endorphins.
MDN is a specialised technique incorporated into a Myotherapy treatment and is commonly used for treating conditions such as the following;
- Acute or chronic trigger point pain,
- Back pain,
- Joint pain,
- Inflammatory conditions such as tendonitis,
- Fibromyalgia & Osteoarthritis,
- Post surgery conditions.