Dry Needling can help relieve headaches and migraines caused by stress and chronic, severe muscle spasms/tension which are found in trigger points. A trigger point is another term for what most people would consider a knot or lump in the muscle. It is a highly sensitive area that is painful with light palpation or massage. Trigger points can be sources of painful stimuli that house metabolic toxins which, over time, can lead to increased sensitivity to pain.
Dry Needling involves inserting long or small filament needles deep into the trigger points of the affected muscles with active trigger points. Trigger point dry needling works to improve muscle extensibility, as well as creating chemical, vascular and central changes.
The active trigger points refer pain that mimic the symptoms experiencenced with headaches and migraines. These trigger points can also cause headaches and migraines to occur. The most common muscles affected are the upper trapezius, sternocliedomastoid, levator scapulae, temporalis and masseters. The three muscles that make up the sub-occipital triangle also have referred patterns of headaches.
Trigger point dry needling, posture re-education, in conjunction with therapeutic exercises for flexibility is an effective way to help manage chronic migraine symptoms. The effects of dry needling can usually be felt instantly as the affected muscles return to a relaxed state, but multiple treatments may be needed to eliminate pain and have lasting changes to someone's posture.
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