Functional Dry Needling
Functional dry needling, also called dry needling, is a therapy for muscles and other soft tissues that are tight or not working properly. During this procedure, therapists place a special needle through your skin and muscle, directly into the painful area – this is sometimes called a trigger point. This helps release tightness, “soften” the trigger point, reduce pain and increase movement.
Functional dry needling often is used with other physical therapy techniques, including exercises or other treatments based on your evaluation.
Possible side effects include soreness and bruising, and usually do not last long. Typically, several sessions are needed for the best results.
Functional dry needling helps those with:
- Tendonitis such as tennis or golfer’s elbow, knee or heel tendon issues
- Specific types of headaches
- Muscle strains
- Chronic pain conditions
- Joint stiffness
Functional dry needling is provided by Justin Hash, PT, at Bryan LifePointe Campus, and Heather Kalkwarf, PT, at Bryan West Campus. For questions or more information, please contact Heather Kalkwarf, 402-481-9445.