Myofascial Pain is a soft tissue pain disorder that arises from discrete, irritable palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle called myofascial trigger points that cause typical patterns of referred pain. Diagnosis is made by systematic palpation of the soft tissue by an expert examiner following a thorough medial history. Cross fiber palpation of these trigger points may elicit a local twitch response. Myofascial trigger points should be considered in the diagnosis of any musculoskeletal pain condition and are often an overlooked cause of pain in individuals who also have joint problems (like spine, hip or knee arthritis) or internal organ pain issues (such as endometriosis or inflammatory bowel syndrome).
There are a variety of treatments available for myofascial pain, but the first step is correct diagnosis.
What is dry needling?
Dry needling is one treatment for myofascial trigger points where very fine needles are used to mechanically stimulate the trigger point, creating a local twitch response (LTR) within the muscle fiber. This twitch response has been shown to help with the pain and tightness caused by trigger points by sending a message to the spinal cord, allowing the muscle to "let go". Stay tuned for our YouTube video of LTR.
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