Have you ever wondered, what is Dry Needling? Look no further because here is a summary of why Physical Therapy clinics such as Center for Athletic Performance and Physical Therapy use it.
~Written by Shannon Samluk, Rockhurst University, CAPPTAZ Intern
According to the APTA…
Dry needling is an intervention that involves inserting a filiform needle into the skin and targeting myofasical trigger points and connective tissues to help aide in the management of musculoskeletal and movement impairments. Dry needling can be used to treat many impairments and helps to restore body function and return to normal activities symptom free.
How it works…
Dry needling targets the trigger points in the muscle causing an increased blood flow to the area and relaxing the trigger point itself. It has causes a depolarization of the pain fibers interrupting the pain cycle. Along with interrupting the pain cycle, endorphins are also released that provide a natural analgesic effect. When the needle is inserted into the tissue, microtrauma is caused initiating the body’s natural healing process.
Dry needling is used to inactivate trigger points through a local twitch response
Kinetacore areas of caution…
|Indications for Use:|
|· Restricted range of motion|
|· Soft tissue restrictions|
|· Joint dysfunction|
|· Craniomandibular dysfunction|
|· Tension- type headaches|
|· Carpal tunnel syndrome|
|· Whiplash associated disorders|
|· Spinal dysfunction|
|· Pelvic pain/ urologic syndromes|
|· Post- herpetic neuralgia|
|· Complex regional pain syndrome|
|· Phantom pain…and many others|
|· Needle aversion/ fear|
|· Patients with cognitive impairment|
|· Patients who are unable to communicate directly or via interpreter|
|· Patients with local skin lesions|
|· Local or systemic infections|
|· Local lymphedema|
|· Severe hyperalgesia or allodynia|
|· Some patients may be allergic to certain metals used in the needle like nickel or chromium (instead use silver or gold plated needles)|
|· Patients with bleeding disorders|
|· Patients with a compromised immune system|
|· First trimester of pregnancy|
|· Vascular disease|
|· Surgical procedures|
If you are a Physical Therapist and would like to know more about what organizations to use to get certified, below is some info for you. Look out for course hosted by Center for Athletic Performance and Physical Therapy in the NEW YEAR!
Please note: the courses below are NOT for the general population, but for health/medical personal.
Dry Needling Certification
Center For Athletic Performance and Physical Therapy
We are still open and providing in-clinic service at a case-by-case basis as well as providing telemedicine and other channels for remote treatment/training. Call your nearest Center location for more details.