Dry Needling is a manual technique and therapeutic modality in which a sterile solid filament needle is inserted into soft tissues at points selected by your physical therapist. It is a highly effective form of physical therapy treatment for a multitude of musculoskeletal, neurogenic, and inflammatory conditions.
DN is based on the research and work of Dr. Yun-Tao Ma from the American Dry Needling Institute. Students attend foundational and advanced courses to become certified in the DN process. Advanced courses include other micro-vascular therapy including DN with electrical stimulation and cupping.
Dry needling works at the systemic and local tissue level in order to restore internal homeostasis. Homeostasis is a process in which the body's internal environment is stable, despite changes in external conditions. DN promotes self healing.
Soft tissue dysfunction involves soft tissue injuries including tissue inflammation, sensitized nerve tissue, scar tissue formation, tissue adhesion, and deficiency in blood and lymphatic circulation. The process of inserting a sterile needle starts with puncturing the skin, and then involves physical stretching of the tissues by mobilizing the needle and creating lesions in the soft tissue. This initiates a tissue remodeling process to reduce tissue tension, normalize local inflammation, and replace injured tissues. DN can produce a local twitch response when inserted into an active trigger point and this will reduce referred trigger point pain.
The DN process also works with the systemic nervous system using peripheral nerve mapping to reduce the neurogenic inflammation for pain management of neuropathy and radiculopathy syndromes.
Advanced DN therapists also use micro-vascular techniques, such as cupping and
electrical stimulation with the needling. These techniques follow the same principles of foundational integrative dry needling. Cupping involves placing cups on the skin to create suction and facilitate blood flow. This helps relieve muscle tension, which improves overall circulation and promotes cell repair. Cupping is used along with manual therapy and exercise to give patients optimal treatment results.
DN is available as part of your insurance-based physical therapy care at Sternen Physical Therapy. The Ohio Physical Therapy board recognizes DN procedures as in the scope of physical therapy practice. Yet, the DN treatment billing codes may be denied by your insurance, as the treatment is still investigative. A fee for uncovered codes may be assessed at the time of service.
DN is also available through Cleveland BodyWise as a part of your ongoing wellness. Schedule a brief 15 minute appointment, or up to a 45 minute session for dry needling at these cash-based rates.
15 minutes for $40
30 minutes for $75
45 minutes for $90
60 minutes for $120
Kate enjoys using dry needling as one possible tool in her treatment toolbox. When used as an adjunct with other manual therapy techniques, dry needling can be very helpful to "open the door" so that clients are able to exercise more comfortably. When appropriate, this combined approach to treatment helps clients get back to living their best lives.
Nick uses dry needling as an adjunct to patient treatment. DN is a great tool to use to assist treatment for injuries, pain management, recovery and maintenance. DN enables the therapist to affect a patient’s function both systemically and at the site of dysfunction or injury
Persistent trigger points or knots?
Chronic headache pain or body pain?
Jaw pain? Full body aches?
Scar tissue that is painful?
Joint pain? Inflamed tendons? Muscle tension?
Radicular symptoms in extremities?
Restricted range of motion? .
...Dry needling and cupping may be a good treatment option for you.