Trigger Point Dry Needling

Trigger point dry needling Boulder Colorado

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If you’re looking for an effective treatment to release muscle pain and improve restricted movement, then Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) might be the solution for you! Using small filament needles, TDN targets trigger points (knots) in the muscles to help reduce pain and improve function. This technique goes by many names, including trigger point therapy, dry needling, TPDN, TDN, FDN, trigger point dry needling, functional dry needling, and IMS (intramuscular stimulation). Physical therapists all around the world, including those in Boulder Colorado, are turning to TDN to effectively treat both acute and chronic orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions. So if you’re in need of relief, consider TDN as a viable option.

 TDN as a treatment is utilized for muscular tightness and spasm which commonly follows injuries and often accompanies the degenerative processes. 

When muscles become tight and develop spasms, it can lead to compression of blood vessels and irritation of the nerves around the spine or joints. This irritation can cause a protective spasm or guarding of all the muscles that the nerves are connected to, leading to a range of peripheral diagnoses such as carpal tunnel, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, and chronic pain. Since the nervous system is responsible for 20% of our body’s blood supply, the impact of irritated nerves can be far-reaching and have a significant impact on mobility and overall quality of life. Dry needling can help release these trigger points, reduce muscle pain, and improve function by targeting the root cause of these issues.

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Dry needling is a specialized technique used by physical therapists to alleviate muscle pain and improve restricted movement. It involves using small filament needles to release trigger points or knots in the muscles, which can cause compression of blood vessels and irritation of the nerves exiting the spine and surrounding the joint. This irritation can lead to peripheral diagnoses, such as carpal tunnel, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, decreased mobility, and chronic pain. By releasing these trigger points, dry needling can effectively treat acute and chronic orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions. The technique is also known as trigger point therapy, TPDN, TDN, FDN, and IMS, and is being used by physical therapists and physiotherapists around the world. At Neuromuscular Strategies Physical Therapy in Boulder, Colorado, we specialize in dry needling and utilize this technique as part of our comprehensive treatment plans to help our clients recover from injury, reduce pain, and improve their quality of life.

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Small, thin needles are inserted in the muscles at the trigger points.


Mike Kohm PT was in the first level 1 and level 2 trigger point dry needling (TDN) classes in Colorado.  Mike has taught for Kineticore as a TDN assistant instructor. Trigger Point Dry Needling is offered in the Boulder and Denver offices. Along with his wife, Satya Larrea, Mike co-owns Denver Whole Yoga. He is trained in movement assessments through Functional Movement Systems and is the developer and lead instructor for the Yoga Movement Guide.

Dry needling is a form of therapy that uses thin needles to release trigger points or knots in muscles. This technique is performed by trained physical therapists and has several features and benefits.

Dry Needling Features:

  1. Thin Needles: The needles used in dry needling are thin and flexible, which makes the procedure relatively painless.

  2. Targeted: Dry needling targets specific areas of the body where trigger points exist. This allows the therapist to focus on the problem areas more accurately.

  3. Personalized Treatment: Each patient’s treatment plan is unique and based on their specific needs and symptoms.

Dry Needling Benefits:

  1. Pain Relief: Dry needling can provide immediate pain relief by releasing trigger points that cause muscle pain and spasms.

  2. Improved Range of Motion: By releasing trigger points and muscle tension, dry needling can improve range of motion and flexibility.

  3. Quicker Recovery: Dry needling can help accelerate recovery time by improving blood flow, reducing inflammation, and promoting healing.

  4. Complementary Therapy: Dry needling can be used in combination with other therapies like exercise and manual therapy to provide a comprehensive treatment plan.

  5. Non-Invasive: Unlike surgery or other invasive procedures, dry needling is minimally invasive and has few side effects.

Overall, dry needling can be a highly effective treatment option for many musculoskeletal conditions, especially those related to trigger points and muscle tension. It is a safe and personalized therapy that can provide pain relief, improve range of motion, and accelerate recovery time. 

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