Dry Needling


Dr Wells is has been practicing Dry needling for over 6 years and is certified through Kinetacore. We have seen patients who have plateaued in Physical Therapy recover completely in 2-3 Dry Needling sessions.

WHAT IS TRIGGER POINT DRY NEEDLING (TDN)?

TDN is the use of solid filament needles inserted through the skin and into the muscle to release painful myofascial trigger points. Wet needling would be the Triggerpoint injections which you can read about here (link to triggerpoint page).The primary goal of Dry Needling is to desensitize supersensitive structures, to restore normal motion of the muscles and joints and to speed the healing response in the tissue by increasing blood flow and oxygenation. Dry needling reduces pain, decreases muscles spasm/tension, improves blood flow to and oxygenation of tight muscle fibers and relaxes muscles. While it is often not a stand alone treatment it often gives faster results than other treatment techniques.

 

IS TRIGGER POINT DRY NEEDLING ACUPUNCTURE?

No, Trigger Point Dry Needling is based on Western medical research and principles, whereas acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. Instead of inserting needles into the “energetic pathways” defined by traditional Chinese medicine, dry needling practitioners are focused on needling the muscles causing the pain.The main similarity is that the same sterile, disposable solid filament needles are used. Dr. Wells refers to acupuncturists for acupuncture and performs dry needling for

 

WHAT IS TREATED WITH DRY NEEDLING?

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Pain
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Rotator cuff strain
  • Neck/Back Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Tennis/Golfers Elbow
  • Hip and Gluteal Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Achilles Tendonitis/Tendonosis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Sciatica
  • Muscular Strains/Ligament Sprains

 

 

Definition and Distinction

What is dry needling?

“Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. [It] is a technique used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue, and to diminish persistent peripheral nociceptive input, and reduce or restore impairments in body structure and function, leading to improved activity and participation.”

Source: APTA document Description of Dry Needling in Clinical Practice: An Educational Resource Paper. www.apta.org/StateIssues/DryNeedling/.

How is it different from acupuncture?

“Health care education and practice have developed in such a way that most professions today share some procedures, tools, or interventions with other regulated professions. It is unreasonable to expect a profession to have exclusive domain over an intervention, tool, or modality.”

“The practice of acupuncture by acupuncturists and the performance of dry needling by physical therapists differ in terms of historical, philosophical, indicative, and practical context. The performance of modern dry needling by physical therapists is based on western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. Physical therapists who perform dry needling do not use traditional acupuncture theories or acupuncture terminology.”

Source: APTA document Physical Therapists & the Performance of Dry Needling: An Educational Resource Paper. www.apta.org/StateIssues/DryNeedling/.