Functional Dry Needling is a highly effective form of Physical therapy for the treatment of a multitude ofmusculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. It is not appropriate for all conditions or pathologies and the use of the technique will be at the discretion of your treating provider.
Integrative dry needling is not acupuncture (traditional Chinese medicine), it is based on neuro-anatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. A very fine filament needle is inserted through the skin and into the deeper tissues that are considered trigger points to your pain.
Dry needling works by causing a micro lesion within the pathological tissue thus breaking up shortened tissues, inhibiting a reflex arc from the nervous system to the tissue, normalizing the inflammatory response, and centrally mediating the pain. This mechanical and neuromuscular effect provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal which ultimately reduces pain.
Conditions include, but are not limited to neck, back and shoulder pain, arm pain (tenniselbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow), plantar fasciitis, hip/shoulder impingement, headache to include migraines and tension-type headaches, buttock pain and leg pain (sciatica, hamstrings strains, calf tightness/spasms).
Yes, we only use sterile disposable needles.
The fine filament needle is very thin, solid, and flexible, which allows for the needle to be pushed through the skin versus cutting the skin. This helps reduce any discomfort that may occur with the procedure. We strive to make the treatment virtually painless however at times a local twitch response of the muscle may be felt. When the needle is inserted into thepathological tissue the local twitch response sensation is normal and is felt only momentarily. Many patients describe this twitch response as a little electric shock, cramp or an ache sensation. These sensations are perfectly normal and even a desirable response. Your doctor will make every effort to make your experience comfortable and therapeutic.
This will vary but many patients experience immediate relief of their symptoms and an increase in range of motion. Soreness can also be a common response from the needling but does not occur with all people. Some individuals may experience an immediate achiness or delayed soreness the next day. The soreness, if present, will usually last 1-2 days, use of heat and light massage and movement will be beneficial. Mild bruising may occur at the needling sites and is more prevalent in certain parts of the body. Larger bruising may also occur but is rare. The application of ice on the bruise will help with the soreness and the skin discoloration will last several days but is not harmful.
It uncommon but possible that the treatment may temporarily increase your symptoms. This is not unusual but if this continues past the 1-2 day window, inform your doctor to allow adjustment of your program to enhance your comfort the next time. This does not mean that needling will not be beneficial to your condition.
Yes, your personalized rehab program will still integrate our comprehensive sports medicine and rehabilitation methods including manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, endurance training,stabilization and posture training.
This will depend on the category you fit in, which is determined by the state of the injury and your overall health. Remember we are attempting to cause mechanical and biochemical changes without any pharmacological means. Therefore, we are looking for accumulative response to break the pain cycle. Your doctor will be able to give you more insight after your evaluation.
- Be well hydrated but empty your bladder prior to treatment
- Wear lose fitting clothing, shorts, or bathing suit for easy access to your painful areas
Our recommendations vary depending on the amount of soreness you have and on the individual response to the treatment. Recommendations may include increasing your water intake, applying heat or ice over the area, gentle stretches and modifications of activities.
This is a Physical Therapy treatment and is NOT acupuncture therefore your coverage of Dry Needling should correspond with your chiropractic and/or physical therapy benefits. You can discuss this further with our administrative staff if you require more information.