Sports Injury Trigger Points

Wed July 27th 2016

We have all experienced feeling that tight knot in our neck, back or shoulders that we just can't quite release ourselves.

These tight knots are called myofascial trigger points, defined as irritable spots in our muscles where you feel a taut band and palpable nodule. These points can be tender and when compressed and they can give rise to a pain that you may be familiar with experiencing. This part of the muscle is often weak and feels very restricted and tight.

Dry needling is a form of acupuncture where a sterile needle is inserted into the painful trigger point. A twitch response in the muscle is felt around where the needle is inserted and this changes the length of the muscle and immediately de-sensitizes the trigger point. As well as releasing these tight muscles it is also important to learn how to stretch and strengthen the areas affected by the trigger point to ensure the muscle dysfunction does not return.

If you are interested in discussing how Dry Needling may help you please contact our expert team for more information.

I enjoy treating knees, and here at RJ Physio we see many knee injuries and clients suffering from knee pain. Having a great knowledge of how the knee works and wonderful facilities at RJ Physio, including two gyms and a Pilates studio, anyone with a knee problem should see the team. Call me today to see if can help you with your knee pain.
Hamish Donnison
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