Josh became certified in dry needling in 2017 and instantly found it to be imperative to his practice. Many patients were able to see immediate results with pain and immobility due to muscular “trigger points.” He uses it daily in his practice and if the right patient/impairment, can make a nearly instantaneous change. He has found this to be beneficial in all areas of the body using it for anything from chronic headaches, IT band syndrome, persistent low back pain, all the way down to the foot for things such as plantar fasciitis.
Dry Needling is a general term for a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a ‘Trigger Point’. There is no injectable solution and typically the needle which is used is very thin. Most patients will not even feel the needle penetrate the skin, but once it has and is advanced into the muscle, the feeling of discomfort can vary drastically from patient to patient. Usually a healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of the needle; however, if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject may feel a sensation much like a muscle cramp — which is often referred to as a ‘twitch response’. The twitch response also has a biochemical characteristic to it which likely affects the reaction of the muscle, symptoms, and response of the tissue.
Along with the health of the tissue, the expertise of the practitioner can also attribute to the variation of outcome and/or discomfort. The patient may only feel the cramping sensation locally or they may feel a referral of pain or similar symptoms for which they are seeking treatment. A reproduction of their pain can be a helpful diagnostic indicator of the cause of the patient’s symptoms. Patients soon learn to recognize and even welcome this sensation as it results in deactivating the trigger point, thereby reducing pain and restoring normal length and function of the involved muscle. Typically positive results are apparent within 1-4 treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms, overall health of the patient, and experience level of the practitioner. Dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention, with very few side effects. This technique is unequaled in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits.
Ask about availability and cost. We understand you may have questions on the cost and availability of PT for you. Please complete this form and we will answer any questions you have and will help to explain the value we can provide to you and your body.
Free 20 minute discovery session. We understand you may not be sure if we can help with your problem or what exactly we do. Many people have had a bad experience with physical therapy in the past and I want to help alleviate your concerns. Please fill out the form and I would be happy to set up a time for us to talk and determine if my expertise can help benefit you.