Trigger Point Dry Needling

Dry needling treatments involve using one or more thin, monofilament needles that are inserted into a muscle trigger point, ligament, or tendon to assist with pain relief.

The monofilament needles are solid so there is no medication injected during the needling, referring to the procedure as “dry” needling. A trigger point is a local band of tight, irritated, and dysfunctional muscle tissue that limits motion and causes pain.

Trigger points produce both localized and referred pain. They usually occur due to injury, overuse or poor movement patterns, and poor posture habits.

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Patricia Lindbom, PT

Patricia (Patty) graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1995. Her main emphasis has been working with injured employees for industrial rehabilitation and work conditioning, along with general outpatient orthopedics.

In 2017 Patty became certified in trigger point dry needling from Synergy Therapy Solutions. She has found success with complimenting her treatment sessions with dry needling for pain management.

Outside of work, Patty enjoys spending time with her husband, Scott, and their two adult children.

How is Dry Needling Performed?

Dry needling is the process of inserting a thin needle into a “trigger point” which is the area that limits motion or causes pain. 

The needles are typically within muscle or tendon structures for approximately 5-10 seconds but can remain in the structures for up to 10-15 minutes if paired with electrical stimulation.

Applying electrical stimulation can enhance the effects of the treatment by creating a gentle contraction and relaxation of the irritated muscle, which helps the muscle relax further. Dry needling is combined with exercise and other physical therapy techniques to assist in reducing and preventing trigger points from reoccurring.

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How Can Dry Needling Help?

When dry needling is applied to an affected muscle or trigger point, it can decrease muscle tightness, increase blood flow, and reduce pain. Patients often report immediate relief after treatment. Most people report minor or no discomfort during the treatment of dry needling.

Dry needling is a safe technique for treating musculoskeletal conditions such as rotator cuff pain, biceps tendinitis, iliotibial band syndrome, achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, low back pain, tennis elbow, neck pain, headaches, and hip pain.


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Some information on this page sourced from: (Kara Johnson and Bryce Jenson/SPEAKING OF HEALTH FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2023/On pins and needles: Just what is dry needling?)

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