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Dry Needling Support Models (2 of 4): The Trigger Point Model

Dry Needling Support Models (2 of 4): The Trigger Point Model

In the last blog, we discussed the first model (The Radiculopathy Model) that helps explain why Dry Needling works.  Now we will continue with the second of four models.   This one is probably the most well-known one and there is a plethora of medical literature supporting it.  Again, we will try to explain any concepts that are a little difficult to understand.  These models really shed light into how our bodies work and they are great to learn about.

The Trigger Point Model

Myofascial Trigger Points (MTrPs, or TrPs for Trigger Points) are defined as ‘hyper-irritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule in a taut band’ (Travell and Simons).  The resultant pain/discomfort that one gets due to such points is referred to as myofascial pain syndrome (MPS).  Simply put, MPS is defined as ‘sensory, motor, and autonomic symptoms caused by myofascial trigger points’ (Travell and Simons).  Sensory symptoms refer to what you feel, motor symptoms refer to how the muscles work, and autonomic symptoms refer to the things that you do not realize.  This seems a little odd, but consider what happens when you bang your arm really hard.  You will feel the pain (sensory), the muscle might be painful and not contract properly (motor), and your heart rate goes up as does your respiration due to the ‘adrenaline rush’ (autonomic) of the injury. Continue Reading →

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Dry Needling Support Models (1 of 4): The Radiculopathy Model

Dry Needling Support Models (1 of 4): The Radiculopathy Model

We get a lot of questions about Dry Needling and the next few blogs will address several theories that support the treatment.  There is currently a good amount of medical literature supporting Dry Needling and this is great, but the theories behind Dry Needling are fascinating and interesting to discuss.

The 4 models are as following:

1.  The Radiculopathy Model
2.  The Trigger Point Model
3.  The Spinal Segmental Sensitization and Pentad Model
4.  The Central Model

Each of the next 4 blogs (including this one) will discuss one of these theories as it relates to Dry Needling.  We hope this gives you a better understanding as to why Dry Needling works so well.  We are aware that the models tend to use medical terminology and can be a little hard to follow, so we will try to explain things as we go to make the explanations easier to understand. Continue Reading →

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Dr. Surprenant Now Certified in Dry Needling

Dr. Surprenant Now Certified in Dry Needling

We are very happy to announce that Dr. Surprenant is now certified in Dry Needling.  There are so many amazing things that dry needling can do for our patients and I am going to republish some blogs from a while back so that the information is easy to find.  The blogs are in 4 parts.  I’ll release a new one each week for the next 4 weeks.

Please stay tuned as we are going to be adding an additional service to our dry needling that will make us of the first in the country to provide this service.  We are very excited and you should be too!