3 Special Skill Areas That Can Help PTs in The Clinic

By now you may have heard about or taken one of our multi-level manual therapy courses on the cervical spine, thoracic spine,  lumbopelvic spine, or upper and lower quadrant. But as faculty who are practicing clinicians seeing recurring issues in clinics across the country, once in a while we make the decision to develop specialty… Continue reading 3 Special Skill Areas That Can Help PTs in The Clinic

Abstract of The Week: The association between dry needling-induced twitch response and change in pain and muscle function in patients with low back pain

This week we recommend taking a look at the following abstract: Koppenhaver SL et al.  The association between dry needling-induced twitch response and change in pain and muscle function in patients with low back pain: a quasi-experimental study.  Physiotherapy (2016) Objective: To investigate the relationship between dry needling-induced twitch response and change in pain, disability,… Continue reading Abstract of The Week: The association between dry needling-induced twitch response and change in pain and muscle function in patients with low back pain

PT Profile: David Bond

This week, we’d like you to meet David Bond, a third-year student physical therapist at the University of Washington. But he’s not your average PT student. A former fire fighter and paramedic, he’s currently interning in outpatient physical therapy at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon. As we’ve mentioned many times before, we feel it’s important to… Continue reading PT Profile: David Bond

Abstract of The Week: Effect of Dry Needling for Myofascial Trigger Points in the Neck and Shoulders

Abstract: The effect of dry needling for myofascial trigger points in the neck and shoulders: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ong J1, Claydon LS2. This systematic review and meta-analysis sought investigate the efficacy of dry needling of myofascial trigger points in the neck and shoulders. Four of the quality articles reviewed compared dry needling to lidocaine injections… Continue reading Abstract of The Week: Effect of Dry Needling for Myofascial Trigger Points in the Neck and Shoulders

Rationale for Choosing Dry Needling: A Story

I had a 34 year old gentleman I was treating for a textbook L5 radiculopathy. He was responding beautifully to a combination of a Medrol dose pack, mechanical traction and an extension biased program. After 3 weeks his radicular symptoms were abolished and he was left with mild right lumbosacral pain that was resistant to… Continue reading Rationale for Choosing Dry Needling: A Story

Come. Let us reason together

Of late,Twitter has been engulfed in a rather ferocious to and fro on dry needling. The current darling of the PT world has been challenged. As any chivalrous gentleman would do, swords were drawn from their scabbards in defense of ‘her’ honor. The two sides parried back and forth until, so far as I can tell, each became weary of the other and returned… Continue reading Come. Let us reason together

Abstract of the Week: Adverse Events Following Trigger Point Dry Needling

Abstract: Adverse events following trigger point dry needling: A prospective survey of chartered physiotherapists. J Man Manip Ther. 2014 Aug;22(3):134-40. doi: 10.1179/2042618613Y.0000000044. Brady S1, McEvoy J2, Dommerholt J3, Doody C1. Adverse events with dry needling, namely visceral puncture or pneumothorax, are analogous to worries of vertebrobasilar insufficiency or dissection with upper cervical manipulation.  These authors performed a prospective study of clinicians using two forms to record mild and significant adverse… Continue reading Abstract of the Week: Adverse Events Following Trigger Point Dry Needling