Dry needling is a modality where we use acupuncture needles to treat pain, numbness, and/or tingling that are caused by trigger points. Trigger points are hyperactive bands in you muscle. Some people refer to them as “knots”. They are called trigger points because they often trigger pain, numbness, or tingling at a different part of the body.
For instance, someone can have a trigger point in their shoulder which is causing them to have headaches or eye pain. Or someone can have a trigger points in their low back causing pain down their leg or into their hips.
You get the point: trigger points are something you want treated.
Motor points are specific locations on a muscle where the nerve enters and give it the energy to contract. Often, the muscle is contracting improperly and this leads to pain. With motor point acupuncture, we access these specific points using acupuncture needles to help reset the muscle.