Dry Needling at NC Center For Physical Therapy

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) describes Dry Needling as: "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.” By causing a very minor irritation, it stimulates the body’s natural functions to heal the underlying issue, without opiods.

WHY IS IT CALLED A “DRY” NEEDLE?

The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points.

A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscles located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch and touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body. Dry Needling Certified therapists are trained to identify trigger points that are often undetectable by untrained hands.

Dry needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles and is supported by many research studies.

WHY DRY NEEDLING?

Our physical therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain and improve range of motion. Preliminary research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up the patient’s return to active rehabilitation.

SHOULD I TRY DRY NEEDLING?

Are you in pain and feel your doctor’s primary solution is to prescribe another pill to hide the pain? Do you want to stop taking opioids and other pain medication by resolving the underlying cause of the pain? Eliminating the root cause of your pain will allow you to get back to living your life and doing the things you love to do. We have had so much success with it, we will do the first dry needling treatment free of charge so you can determine its effectiveness for you.

WHY SHOULD I TRY DRY NEEDLING AT NC CENTER FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY?

If your doctor is only able to spend 15 minutes with you discussing your pain, it is very difficult for them to identify the root cause and eliminate your pain. At NC Center for Physical Therapy, one of our physical therapists will spend an hour with you on your first visit to identify your pain and determine an appropriate treatment to resolve the pain you are experiencing.

CERTIFIED PROVIDERS AT NC CENTER FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY

We have two providers who are certified in Dry Needling.

Dr. Colten Sullivan, DPT, CSCS has completed the Level 1 course on the Theory, Practice, and Clinical Application of Master Dry Needling with training in the Neurological Dry Needling for Pain Management and Sports Rehabilitation.

Our owner, Misty Pidgeon, PT, CIDN, has completed both Level 1 and Level 2 in the following extensive training and testing: Master Dry Needling with training in the Neurologic Dry Needling for Pain Management and Sports Rehabilitation, and Advanced Neurologic Dry Needling for Pain Management and Human Performance.

This advanced specialized treatment includes training in the following:

  • Systemic Homeostatic trigger point concept (physiological and biomechanical approach)
  • Paraspinal trigger point concept (neurosegmental and dermatomal approach)
  • Symptomatic trigger point concept (neuromyofascial pain in the head, neck, shoulder, upper limbs, thoracic, lumbar, hip and lower limbs).

This training provides our physical therapists with a deeper understanding of the physiologic and therapeutic effects of dry needling on inflammation, circulation, reducing neuromuscular pain and performance enhancement.

Visit our Dry Needling Services page for more information.