Dry needling uses small filament type needles to stimulate a healing response in myofascial trigger points (known as painful knots in muscles), tendons, ligaments, or near nerves and reduce pain and dysfunction. Our bodies can develop areas of hypersensitivity and tightness in response to various stresses i.e. postural, repetitive movements, psychological, emotional etc. These areas likely to develop along tissues that are dysfunctional due to interruption of the nerves that innervate them. This can be caused from nerve compression in the extremity or spine from such things as disc injuries, facet joint dysfunction, vascular compression, metabolic stress or biomechanical stress. Trigger points increase pain and disrupt the normal functioning of muscles. Certified Physical Therapists are Dry Needling around the world to effectively treat acute and chronic orthopedic and neuro-musculoskeletal conditions.
Dr. Keesee is certified in Dry Needling through the Spinal Manipulation Institute.
College and Professional Athletes are now using Dry Needling to help speed up their recovery.
- Redskins’ Dry Needles Speed Recovery Time
- Professional Football Player London Fletcher uses Dry Needling
- Dry Needling Resource Paper produced by the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association)
Frequently Asked Questions
How does dry needling work?
Is Dry Needling (DN) the same as Acupuncture?
Does Dry Needling Hurt?
Dry Needling, combined with manual physical therapy treatment, can help the following conditions:
- Acute and chronic tendonitis
- Athletic and sports-related overuse injuries
- Post-surgical pain
- Post-traumatic injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and work related injuries
- Chronic pain conditions
- Headaches and whiplash
- Lower back pain
- Frozen Shoulder
- Tennis Elbow
- Muscle Spasms
- Sciatic Pain
- Hip Pain
- Knee Pain
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Many other musculoskeletal conditions . . .
Please note: Dry Needling is just one modality which may be used in conjunction with the variety of other manual therapy treatments and exercises, prescribed by our Physical Therapist’s to restore you to optimal physical function. DN is only one component of a multidimensional treatment approach, geared at creating a successful outcome for you. As Physical Therapist’s, we address various nueromusculoskeletal conditions such as biomechanical muscle imbalances, postural dysfunctions, muscular flexibility limitations, strength deficits, swollen or stiff joints, and many other conditions . . . all conditions which may require much more than just Dry Needling.