Dry needling is a form of therapy in which fine needle’s are inserted into myofascial trigger points, tendons, ligaments
or near nerves in order to stimulate a healing response in painful musculoskeletal conditions.
Although Dry Needling is based on a 4000 year old eastern healing technique, it is not acupuncture.
” We are not altering the flow of energy (Qi) chi along traditional Chinese meridians for the treatment of diseases”,
according to James Dunning, DPT. Dr. Dunning is the author of a recent article, “Dry needling: a literature review
with implications for clinical practice guidelines” published in 2013 in the journal Physical Therapy Reviews.
Trigger point injections and dry needling are typically more effective than manual trigger point therapies.
Dry Needling relieves osteoarthritic joints, (knees, ankles, shoulders and hips).
SI joint Dysfunction and post-partum pelvic pain, and can alleviate the pain of Carpal tunnel Syndrome.
It is also indicated for the treatment of headaches, cervical and lumbar dysfunction, rib pain and all sorts
of muscle spasming! Dry needling works at reducing scar adhesions and works well over surgical scar sites.
How it works:
Dry needling affects the way we feel and perceive pain by dulling or mitigating the afferent nerve pain fiber
to the brain. Many patients feel a neurogenic effect or “opioid effect” of releasing dopamine in the brain causing
a feeling of wellness and slight euphoria. We sometimes suggest a patient wait 30 minutes after a session before
driving a car or to have a designated driver with them if they experience the lightheadedness that may occur.
When we dry needle an injured area or a taut muscle (spasming muscle) we create micro-damage to the tissues,
encouraging blood flow to the area to help heal those tissues. Dry needling works well on avascular structures
such as ligaments and tendons that are injured because of this increase in circulation. Blood flow is important
in healing since it has oxygen and nutrients to heal damaged tissues.
At Bercutt Physical Therapy & Wellness Center, dry needling may be one of the many healing modalities we may use in
your treatment or it can be purchased separately in a package of 4 sessions.
Please contact us for more information at info@BercuttPT.com or (713)360-0300.