Northern Chiropractic & Physiotherapy
683a Great Northern Rd
(705) 575-6131
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Dry Needling

Dry needling is an invasive technique used to treat myofascial pain that uses a dry needle, without medication or injection, which is inserted into areas of the muscle known as trigger points (TrPs). A TrP describes a taught band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. TrPs can be tender to the touch and can refer pain to distant parts of the body. Physical therapists utilize dry needling with the goal of releasing/inactivating the TrPs and relieving pain. Tara has received her certification in Integrated Dry Needling (CIDN) and incorporates this treatment technique into her daily practice.

Integrated Dry Needling (IDN)

  • The application of dry needling following a thorough assessment and management plan, which may include other therapies (manual therapy, manipulation, exercise and education).
  • Treating the patient’s dysfunction or injury as a whole.

Effects of Dry Needling:

  • Increased blood flow and oxygenation of tissues
  • Decreased spontaneous electrical activity in TrPs
  • Alters muscle length and tension, decreasing tone
  • Decreased chemical mediators locally at the TrP (ie. Ach, substance P)
  • Stimulates gate control and endogenous opoid pain systems
  • Aids in conditioned pain modulation in chronic pain

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Northern Chiropractic & Physiotherapy

683a Great Northern Rd

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(705) 575-6131