Fremont Therapy Group now has 2 therapists certified in Dry Needling
Fremont Therapy Group wants to congratulate Courtney Hansen, PT, MPT, CMTPT and Justin Willis, PT, DPT, ATC, CMTPT for their recent certification in dry needling.
Both Hansen and Willis built upon their years of experience as physical therapists to achieve this certification. On top of their knowledge of the human body, they took multiple courses and studied how needles can help release trigger points in the body usually released by manual therapy. With dry needling, trigger points are released much quicker than with manual therapy.
What pain can be helped with dry needling?
Dry needling can be used to treat almost anything that PTs typically see. It is most useful in adjunct to a full PT treatment.
Dry needling can help with the following…
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Headaches (including tension headaches and some migraines)
- Jaw and facial pain including TMJD
- Piriformis pain
- Hip pain
- Tennis and golfers elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles pain
- Women’s health issues
Willis and Hansen especially like to use dry needling for any form of chronic pain.
What is dry needling?
Dry needling helps with myofascial trigger point pain, or pain coming from the muscles and connective tissues. The physical therapists are using “dry” needles, without medication or injection, to release the trigger points. It produces the same effect as injection of local anesthetic in terms of inactivation of trigger points. The twitch or twinge response is a necessary sign that must be obtained in order to insure penetration of the myofascial trigger point.
What Kind of Needles Are Used?
Hansen, Willis use a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin. This allows them to target tissues that they can’t reach manually. The needles have a diameter of 0.3mm and usually aren’t felt during the procedure. In fact, sixteen of the needles used in dry needling can fit into the tip of a hypodermic needle used for most injections when at the doctor’s office. Some patients will feel a twinge or twitch when the physical therapist hits the trigger point as well as some possible discomfort, but ultimately it will help with pain and function of muscle.
If you’re currently in physical therapy or you have pain give us a call to see if dry needling could help take the pain away and get you back to doing what you love pain free.