What is a Point Stimulator?
The point stimulator is similar in appearance to a large pen, it is a handheld device. The model we use in the clinic is the Pointer Excell 11 which we have found to be very effective and reliable.
The tip of the point stimulator, similar to the tip of the pen, sends a gentle current through the needle and into the muscle. This may enhance the sensory effects of dry needling which promote blood flow, healing and have local analgesic effects. The point stimulator also causes small micro-contractions within the muscle which may have additional mechanical effects as well as allowing accurate confirmation that the correct muscle is being needled.
Benefits of using the point stimulator are:
It can be used to ensure that the needle is inserted into the correct muscle so it is useful as a diagnostic tool.
It can also be used as a treatment tool by directly stimulating the needle for 2-10 second bursts with a 5 second rest in between for approximately 1-3 minutes, depending on the treatment dose and client’s response. Clinically this is particularly effective for reducing muscular tightness and deactivating painful myofascial trigger points within muscles.