Luke Bynum DPT, OCS
Safe and Smart Dry Needling Round Three
Updated: Sep 7, 2020
Third installment of our "No Mess Up Mondays" series on Facebook. You can check it out here or (facebook.com/msdryneedling). Remember, one of the best ways to stay safe and smart when you are performing dry needling is knowing exactly what lies under the surface of the skin before you insert a needle! Especially in the region of the femoral artery!! If you've taken our dry needling course, you know how much we emphasize the precautions...repeatedly! I truly believe one of the keys to a successful dry needling course and the key to safe dry needling practice is a thorough understanding of anatomy.
Below, you'll find a deeper look into the femoral triangle that comes from our new Pelvic Floor Dry Need Course. Click here to learn more about that! I'll launch that course early next year as soon as I can get off of this deployment...and drink a margarita. I miss margaritas. Anyhoo, have a look below!
The Femoral Triangle
This photo really kicks it up a notch from what you've seen in the dry needling courses you have attended with us and probably with other folks as well. It will be vitally important in our Pelvic Floor Dry Needling Course to have a thorough understanding of the contents of the femoral triangle. First off, remember your borders! Sartorius is the lateral border, adductor longus is the medial border, and the inguinal ligament is the superior border. Obviously, the femoral nerve, artery, and vein live in there. But you also should know the superficial and deep external pudendal artery and vein traverse across the femoral triangle. Also, the superficial and deep iliac artery and superficial circumflex iliac vein run directly inferior to the inguinal ligament. This will all be vitally important in our Pelvic Floor Dry Needling Course because we will be addressing iliacus and pectineus. For some, it may have been a while since you attended a dry needling course. Spend a moment remembering the anatomy. It is easy to get complacent when you needle several people a day! Use this moment as a good reminder of what lies beneath!
Want to kick things up a notch? There is a huge patient population in need of pelvic floor physical therapy. It's not just for the ladies either. Tons of men have fits with pelvic floor pain, myofascial dysfunction, chronic prostatitis, and rectal pain syndromes. I've seen it frequently on this deployment. Consider expanding your knowledge with some pelvic floor training, then we can teach you how to add some needles to it!