What is Functional Dry Needling?

by Fernando Pinhancos December 09, 2013

Dry Needling is a broader manual therapy technique using an acupuncture needle to deactivate trigger points and “loosen” shortened muscles.  An active trigger point (TP) is a hyper-irritable area found within a tight band of skeletal muscle.  The primary goal of Dry Needling is to decrease the sensitivity and irritability of the troublesome trigger point.  This desensitization will restore motion and function, will possibly induce a healing response within the muscle tissue.

Functional Dry Needling (FDN) is a version of Dry Needling that focuses not on pain, but on movement.  If properly applied, pain can subside and corrective movements are more easily adopted.  Functional Dry Needling is utilized as a part of your treatment (if appropriate) and is not the only thing you should receive from your therapist on that day. (Where does this fit in? Do you have a picture to include?)

At Specialized Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Freddy Pinhancos (link to freddy’s bio) is level 1 trained and certified in Functional Dry Needling! Freddy will perform a thorough physical examination and design a comprehensive treatment program for you.  That program will likely include therapeutic exercise, modalities (ultrasound, heat, ice, e-stim), and manual therapy.  Freddy will decide which manual treatment techniques are appropriate including Functional Dry Needling.  If FDN is indicated and your personal health status allows, he will perform FDN.  A thorough assessment of dysfunctional movement is done before the treatment as well as after to record your progress.

If you are having chronic musculoskeletal pain that does not seem to go away, Functional Dry Needling may be what you need to get you on the road to recovery!  Contact us today and set up an appointment with Freddy.


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