Trigger point dry needling (TDN) uses small filament needles to release a trigger point (knots) in a muscle. The goals is to reduce muscle pain, improve poor movement, and function. Also known as; trigger point therapy, dry needling, Trigger Point Needling, TPDN, TDN, FDN, trigger point dry needling, functional dry needling and IMS (intramuscular stimulation). Physical therapists/physiotherapists are now using this technique around the world to effectively treat acute and chronic orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions.
TDN as a treatment is utilized for muscular tightness and spasm which commonly follows injuries and often accompanies the degenerative processes. This muscular tightness and spasm will cause compression and irritation of the nerves exiting the spine and or surrounding the joint. When the nerves are irritated, they cause a protective spasm or gaurding of all the muscles to which they are connected. This may cause peripheral diagnoses, such as carpal tunnel, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, decreased mobility and chronic pain. Small, thin needles are inserted in the muscles at the trigger points (knots) causing the pain referral.
Mike Kohm PT was in the first level 1 and level 2 trigger point dry needling (TDN) classes in Colorado. Mike has taught for Kineticore as a TDN assistant instructor. Trigger Point Dry Needling is offered in the Boulder and Denver offices. Along with his wife, Satya Larrea, Mike co-owns Denver Whole Yoga. He is trained in movement assessments through Functional Movement Systems and is the developer and lead instructor for the Yoga Movement Guide.