Trigger Points & Dry Needling

Dry needling is a technique similar to acupuncture that is used by specially-trained physiotherapists to treat myofascial problems such as tightness and trigger points. A trigger point is a “small knot” deep in the muscle, which is painful when pressed. Haley Rehab’s talented team of therapists can help release your trigger points and relieve tightness and pain with dry needling. Dry needling uses very small, sterile needles to help release tight bands of tissue and restore normal muscle tone. It can also be used to promote muscle healing, decrease pain and restore normal muscle function. Dry needling does this by quickly and precisely targeting deep areas of the muscles and other layers that are home to trigger points. Although trigger points can also be treated effectively with manual therapy, these techniques can be uncomfortable and time-consuming. In contrast, dry needling can often give faster, more effective results than traditional manual therapy alone.

Why do trigger points need to be treated?

The problem with trigger points, or knots, is that they can affect other parts of your body; not just the muscle that is involved. The human body is connected by fascia, which holds our muscles, bones, nerves and other structures in place while allowing us to move freely. Fascia can become compromised or “kinked” by a trigger point. Because of the pain caused by a trigger point, you may start to move differently and strain muscles, nerves and tissues that had been working normally. This can lead to more pain and more trigger points in other areas.

How Haley Rehab can help

A Haley Rehab physiotherapist will look at the entire chain of tissues in your body to find where the problem started and locate your trigger points. Dry needling may be used to target and treat the trigger points. Your therapist will also give you exercises and stretches to help correct your movement, improve your posture and prevent other trigger points from forming. Our goal is for you to get back to doing the things you love, with the best quality of life possible. To learn more about Haley Rehab, or to schedule an initial assessment, call us at 613-422-5061. No referral is required. Contact us today to see how Haley Rehab can help you achieve wellness.