Types of Treatment
Intramuscular Manual Therapy (IMT) otherwise known as Trigger Point Dry Needling is a treatment for relieving pain caused by muscular tightness and spasms which commonly follow injuries and often accompanies the degenerative processes.
Combining the Intramuscular Manual Therapy techniques with other manual and rehabilitative methods has shown to be very effective in the treatment of both acute and chronic pain and typically speeds up the recovery time. IMT can help relieve pain associated with carpel tunnel, tendonitis, and osteoarthritis of various joints. The treatment is also effective with decreased mobility, chronic and acute pain syndromes.
How Intramuscular Manual Therapy Works
Intramuscular Manual Therapy utilizes a very thin filament needle. TDN/IMT is not acupuncture and is based on Western physiologic approaches developed by Medical Doctor and Physical Therapist. The needle is inserted into the trigger point and a local twitch response is ideally elicited. This twitch response is an involuntary contraction of the muscle that allows the muscle to relax. Sometimes electrical stimulation is applied to the needle to elicit these twitches to help the muscle relax as well. The theory behind dry needling is that it works by disrupting a reflex arc of contracted tissue as well as stimulating biochemical changes to allow improved blood flow and healing to the area.
Conditions that can be treated with dry needling:
- Neck pain, Headaches and TMJ
- Low back pain and Sciatica
- Trochanteric bursitis & hip pain
- Ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis
- Sports injuries
- Whiplash injuries (chronic pain syndrome)
- Hand and foot pain
- Many other pain related symptoms that may not have been resolved through traditional treatment methods