Intramuscular Dry Needling / Gokavi Transverse Technique (GTT)
The Gokavi Transverse Technique (GTT) (intramuscular dry needling) is an acupuncture technique which utilizes high-frequency electrical stimulation to aid in the treatment and management of chronic myofascial pain release. Dr. Gokavi, a medical doctor and an instructor with the Canadian Acupuncture Foundation, introduced this technique. GTT has proven particularly effective in treating chronic pain as well as many other types of pain such as: sciatic pain, tennis elbow, back pain, whiplash, plantar fasciitis, jaw pain and sports injuries.
This technique involves the use of fine acupuncture needles (not comparable to those used to inject medicine or take blood samples) into specific trigger points within the muscle. The insertion of the needle into a normal muscle is painless. If a muscle is shortened the needling can cause a discomfort when the muscle grasps the needle. This is followed by a feeling of relaxation as the muscle releases. Transverse needling (across the muscle) makes the technique safe, reliable and effective.
The result of needling is three-fold including relaxation of the muscle, stimulation of the affected nerve and stimulation of the body’s natural healing process. All of these factors contribute to pain reduction.
At Prairie Trail Physiotherapy Clinic in Winnipeg, dry needling is used for the treatment of:
- Chronic muscular pain
- Chronic pain that has failed to respond to other treatments
- Idiopathic pain and pain exceeding normal healing times
- Pain from muscular trigger points
- Release of adhesions and scar tissue
- Increasing joint mobility
Each session lasts from 15 to 60 minutes. The number of treatments may vary depending on the problem begin treated.