This Is What Sparked My Dry Needling Passion

My lovely wife. I blame her for sparking my passion for dry needling. A little background on her will help. She’s a pediatric physical therapist, smart as a whip, and very skeptical of my manual techniques.  As I was completing my fellowship I was feeling pretty confident in my skills when she came to me… Continue reading This Is What Sparked My Dry Needling Passion

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

Seeing Results with Dry Needling

Shortly after being trained in dry needling, I was searching for willing subjects who would allow me to hone my skills. I had a long term patient I was seeing who I was treating for a thoracic compression fracture. We had a pretty good rapport and it came to light that he had had a… Continue reading Seeing Results with Dry Needling

Abstract of the Week: Treatment Of Myofascial Pain with Deep Dry Needling

This week we’re taking a look the abstract “Treatment of temporomandibular myofascial pain with deep dry needling.” As you may know, Temporomandibular dysfunction is often associated with myofascial pain and can be challenging to treat successfully. Choosing to perform dry needling on muscles of mastication surely comes with risks, i.e. increased risk of bleeding, bruising, needing to consider the anxiety that often accompanies this presentation,… Continue reading Abstract of the Week: Treatment Of Myofascial Pain with Deep Dry Needling

Manual Therapy Video: Upper Quadrant Dry Needling

In orthopaedic manual physical therapy, the techniques get all the attention. Manipulation, mobilization, muscle energy, neural mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, etc.   You can now add Dry Needling (DN) to this list. Any seasoned clinician will tell you that learning these techniques, with practice, is the easy part.  Being able to implement them effectively is the hard… Continue reading Manual Therapy Video: Upper Quadrant Dry Needling

Tennessee Attorney General rules against Dry Needling in PT Scope of Practice

By Brett Windsor, PT As of June 19, Trigger Point Dry needling is officially ‘not within the scope of PT practice’. This is according to an Attorney General opinion that was released late last week. You can read the opinion by clicking HERE. A sad day to be sure…but now we just have to keep fighting… Continue reading Tennessee Attorney General rules against Dry Needling in PT Scope of Practice