Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) is a physical therapy intervention involving a thin filament, similar to an acupuncture needle, that is inserted through the skin targeting and releasing myofascial trigger points in the underlying tissue.
To put it simply, the dry needling increases blood flow and relaxes the muscles, causing the muscle to contract and return to its normal function, stimulating the body’s healing process.
When running, the legs are placed on constant, low-level contraction for a long period of time. This can cause a development of tight tendons and trigger points within the soft tissue.
The use of dry needling releases trigger points, allowing for the tight muscles, tendons, and ligaments to relax, reducing pain and restoring function.
There are several common areas in which runners develop trigger points, including:
• Hip musculature
• Calf musculature
Cost: Dry needling may be employed as part of an overall maintenance treatment ($20/15minutes) with an additional $10 supply fee.
If you feel you would like to try Dry Needling, schedule a complimentary consult at UBE Physical Therapy and Performance.