JOI Rehab does have Therapists who are certified to perform Dry Needling to support traditional physical therapy protocols. This treatment can be adjunct to traditional treatment of orthopaedic conditions, such as chronic neck and lower back pain, arthritis, sciatica, and fibromyalgia. (Not typically covered by insurance) Watch this VIDEO to learn more about Dry Needling in Physical Therapy.
What is Acupuncture?
For over 2,000 years acupuncture has been used to relieve pain and improve health. These treatments have been refined over time and have become a very effective and safe modality of treating pain, resulting in almost no unwanted side-effects.
Dry needling is not acupuncture or Oriental Medicine. It does not have the purpose of altering the flow of energy (“Qi”- pronounced chee) along traditional Chinese Meridians to treat diseases.
Dry needling is a modern, science-based intervention that strictly focuses on pain and dysfunction in muscles and other orthopedic issues.
What Injuries Does Dry Needling Treat?
Dry needling can be used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries.
neck pain medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
headaches knee pain
shoulder impingement low back pain,
lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) Achilles tendinitis
How many treatments are necessary?
Like physical therapy, it is most effective when done in a series, especially, in general, for conditions that have lasted for a long time or are more complicated, which may require more treatments than new problems.
Is it safe?
It is very safe. The needles that are used are disposed of after each use, so each client receives a set of new sterile needles. The most common side effects are minor bleeding and bruising at the site of insertion.
What to expect during the first treatment?
Dry needling (DN) is a treatment to help myofascial pain using microfilament needles. There is no injection of medication with dry needling treatments. These needles are inserted areas of muscle referred to as trigger points (TRPs). TRPs are described as tight bands of skeletal muscle. Their location is within a larger muscle group. TRPs are often the source of pain within muscle tissue.
Does it hurt?
The best answer is “not really.” The needle insertion does not create much of a sensation at all on most parts of the body. However, sometimes there are other sensations after the needles are inserted and manipulated. Clients describe these feelings as a “dull” ache, a “weighted” feeling, a “buzz,” or a “zing.”
Currently, JOI Rehab provides Dry Needling to our patients. At this current time, we don’t offer Acupuncture.