Dry Needling and Trigger Point Therapy


Trigger Point Dry Needling Therapy From The Wellness Center PDX

The Wellness Center PDX has two convenient locations serving the  Portland, Beaverton, and Hillsboro areas. They have provided exceptional chiropractic and wellness services to people just like you for years and pride themselves on helping their patients attain optimal wellness and quality of life. 

What is Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy?

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy is used to treat damage to the body to help it heal and function. When trauma or repetitive use  damage  occurs, the damaged tissues produce inflammation. Moreover, these damaged tissues contract in a state of protective tension to guard against any further damage. 

This inflammation and contracture limit the ability for oxygen-rich blood to reach the injured area. That blood flow is necessary for healing and without it the injury site becomes hypoxic. This, in turn,  compels the production of fibroblasts that produce scar tissue. This scar tissue builds up leading to further compression that limits function and disturbances in biomechanical systems. 

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy uses solid filament needles inserted into the muscle through the skin to release of build-ups in myofascial trigger points. By inserting these needles into a painfully contracted muscle a localized twitch reflex can be triggered. This is both therapeutic as well as diagnostic and research indicates it is the first step to improving flexibility, reducing chemical irritation, and decreasing both muscle contraction and pain. 

Dry Needling vs Acupuncture

While both dry needling and acupuncture utilize sterile disposable solid filament needles to provide relief of pain to patients, that is where the similarities end. Acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine and uses practices, perspectives, and methodologies that go back centuries. Dry needling, on the other hand, is based on scientific medical principles and research developed in the West. The practices,  methodology, perspectives, and philosophies of each are unique to their origin. 

How Dry Needling Can Help

In the hands of a talented trained practitioner – like those at The  Wellness Center PDX – dry needling and trigger point therapy can produce a number of positive results for patients. When it is applied to muscular trigger points it disrupts the motor endplate causing relaxation of the muscle.  Furthermore, a local healing response is triggered by the tiny injury needle insertion that helps the natural healing process to restore normal function. The process of dry needling also causes the release of neurotransmitters and other natural substances to block the transmission of pain messages. 

Have you ever utilized myofascial trigger point dry needling physical therapy? Join the conversation by telling us about it in the comments section. 


Stop by or call one of our convenient Portland Beaverton Hillsboro locations: NE 35th Avenue at 503-389-5545 or SW Barnes Road at 503-389-6962 or schedule an appointment online now to find out if trigger point dry needling and trigger point therapy is right for you.