The Needles of Damocles

December 19, 2011 at 7:25 PM | Posted in Annals of Medicine | Leave a comment
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If there is a list of things to avoid, Trigger Point Dry Needling is on it. Each word is troubled unless you are under the tutelage of Don Rickles.

I am in my second year of treatment for my right hip which has a way of slipping out of position just prior to long trips and short walks. Ivan, my main therapist and solid guru suggested Trigger Point Dry Needling which is like acupuncture¬†except that the needles are not put in place and left there but put in place, right in the “belly” of a muscle and then “pistoned” up and down. I wish I was kidding.

The pain is like getting your teeth drilled without enough Novocaine. You feel it, you really feel it but not enough to call a halt.

The idea is to stimulate the trigger points in your muscles so they will relax. I had two misconceptions: I thought that I would be poked one or two times but the needles went in at least 50 times in a half hour ( I can’t tell how much I am exaggerating) and I thought the needles were like knitting needles but when I finally saw them, they were just a couple of inches long.

Long enough.

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