Pain treatment sometimes involves teasing apart trigger points.
Everyone has knots in their muscles that are irritatingly painful. Sometimes these pains appear a ways away from the actual issue – referred pain. While such myofascial pain can be treated by exercise, or massage, a less known treatment is dry needling – insertion of a needle in the trigger point itself and “loosening” it. I spoke to my physiotherapist, Auke Ham, who is an expert in this technique at his clinic. In this interview, he speaks about how he diagnoses pain, how he uses needles to lessen it and how effective it is in pain management.
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