02/08/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/09/2018 14:53
Feb. 8, 2018 - Dry needling is an effective therapy used to manage pain, elongate and relax muscles and connective tissue, thereby increasing flexibility and mobility. It is a skilled intervention now being offered in conjunction with other physical therapy treatments at the Southeast Georgia Health System Outpatient Rehabilitation Care Center in Brunswick.
Kesha King, P.T., DPT, CERT DN, physical therapist, has been dry needling since 2015, and is a certified practitioner. After seeing first-hand the results and benefits patients experience from dry needling, King pursued certification as a promising adjunct to her physical therapy skill set. She explains, 'Dry needling is a process that can help make patients feel better faster. Prescribed as part of the overall physical therapy plan of care, dry needling is a more proficient process that decreases the amount of time it takes to get a patient to achieve maximum therapeutic potential.'
Dry needling uses disposable, thin filiform needles to penetrate the skin and stimulate trigger points of muscular shortness and tightness, and connective tissues, to manage neuromuscular pain and movement impairments. By passing the needle through the barrier of the skin and into the muscle or connective tissue, the physical therapist can use the needle to manipulate the tissue to help lengthen it and achieve a more relaxed state. Dry needling can also be integrated with electrical stimulation to further enhance its effectiveness.
According to King, a typical treatment takes 20-30 minutes, but she stresses there is not a 'standard treatment' protocol. 'Each dry needling treatment session is patient-centered and personalized to the individual patient's response,' she explains. 'Before beginning dry needling, it is important for patients to trust and fully understand how the technique can benefit them.'
Common conditions for which dry needling might be prescribed include fibromyalgia due to an over stimulation of nerves, pain due to injury or trauma, back pain, as well as chronic or acute conditions such as tennis or golfer's elbow and achilles tendonitis. The technique can be applied to most parts of the body, from face to pelvic floor. As part of her training and certification, King has experienced dry needling herself, noting, 'Everything I'm doing to a patient I have had done to myself.'