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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