Backspin Volume 3, Issue 8 - Page 23

ptspin by Scott Higgs Physical Therapist Dry needling is an option for pain relief, muscle stimulation and relaxation during recovery from an injury or surgery. In this video, the process of dry needling at Ponchatoula Therapy is demonstrated. needles – not so scary after all? If you’re like most, needles aren’t the best part of going to the doctor. But these needles may be the most welcome part of physical therapy. An open mind and a little understanding may go a long way to this addendum to physical therapy. Mr. Jake Morreale injured his shoulder, and working on vehicles became a chore rather than a hobby. As a car enthusiast, his shoulder is a pretty important part of restoring something to its working condition, and dry needling has become part of restoring his shoulder. “I know that it feels better now than it did before,” he says. “It doesn’t hurt, and my shoulder is definitely feeling better.” The needle is called dry simply because it contains no medicine. “It is a thin needle that is targeted to trigger points that stimulate muscles to respond. They may twitch a little, but they’ll relax and result in relief.” The needle is then touched with a small machine to stimulate deep muscle tissue and promote contraction of the muscle. For Jake, it has meant that he has longer periods of relief and is able to participate in the activities he loves. Dry needling is not acupuncture. Physical therapists are specially trained to understand trigger points and where needles should be inserted in order to help produce results for patients. “They are not medicinal,” says Higgs. “They can’t heal the problem, but they can help provide patients relief when they are healing after surgery or injury.” If you think you may benefit from dry needle therapy, talk to your doctor or physical therapist. Get the facts and then take control of your recovery. 23