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.

As a fully qualified sonographer I spend all day scanning my client’s injuries. Our appointments take only 20 minutes and I feed back my findings directly to your physiotherapist or doctor. This helps them plan your injury management. Ask you physio today if you need an ultra sound scan to help with your injury.
Andrew Graham
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