Dry Needling Info & Certification
In 2015 Dr. Palmer became certified in “dry needling” trigger point therapy at the Dry Needle Institute, adding to his muscle tension and trigger point therapy treatment options.
What is “Dry Needling?”
Dry Needling involves the insertion of a thin filament needle to stimulate the healing process of soft tissues (muscle “trigger points”, fascia, tendons and ligaments, etc) resulting in pain relief and restoration of healthy physiology.
Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor endplates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.
What is a “trigger point”?
A myofascial “trigger point” is a hyperirritable point in skeletal muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule, or “knot”. This area becomes painful at the site and can also “radiate” in predictable patterns.
What’s the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?
The objectives and philosophy behind the use of dry needling by physical therapists is not based on ancient theories or tenets of traditional Chinese medicine. The performance of modern dry needling by physical therapists is based on western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.
Both Dry Needling and Acupuncture do, however, use the same tool; a solid needle filament.
Does it hurt?
Generally, the insertion of the needle is not felt. The local “twitch response” may provoke a brief pain sensation that has been described as a tingling, aching or cramping sensation.
Who can benefit from Dry Needling?
People who suffer a variety of musculoskeletal problems including acute and/or chronic injuries. Serious athletes to the weekend warrior both can benefit from relieving trigger points. There are no age restrictions however a patient has to be old enough to understand the treatment and feel comfortable to make the decision on their own. I have treated patients as young as 12 (including my own daughter). One of the most impressive testimonials I have receive about Dry Needle Therapy was from a Marathon Runner who has me perform Dry Needle Therapy on both her legs approximately one week prior to her races. She reports that she experiences much less soreness after the race and recovers faster if she has Dry Needle Therapy prior to the race than she did before learning about Dry Needle Therapy.
WHAT TYPES OF specific CONDITIONS CAN dry needle therapy ASSIST?
- Neck/Back Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Tennis/Golfers Elbow
- Hip and Gluteal Pain
- Knee Pain
- Achilles Tendonitis/Tendonosis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Muscular Strains/Ligament Sprains
- Chronic Pain
- Athletic Performance
Are there any side effects to Dry Needling?
Side effects may vary among individuals. Typically, only mild muscle soreness or skin bruising.
Who should not have Dry Needling Treatments?
- Pregnant Women
- People who can not understand the treatment
- People with a strong fear of needles
- People taking pharmaceutical blood thinners
- People recently recovering from surgery
Dry Needle Therapy is not covered by most health insurance carriers. In Virginia, a patient DOES NOT NEED a referral from another Physician to receive Dry Needle Therapy from a Chiropractor. Patients should eat an hour or so before receiving Dry Needle Therapy to reduce the change of getting light headed or dizzy especially if you do so when having blood drawn.