What is dry needling?
Dry needling is a targeted treatment for musculoskeletal pain that eliminates trigger points and restores range of motion.
It’s a technique that is designed to treat trigger points and their referred pain patterns.
Other terms commonly used to describe dry needling, include Orthopedic Acupuncture,Trigger point dry needling, and Intramuscular manual therapy.
Dr. Josh Hanson, DACM is the most experienced dry needler near me in Tampa, FL area who has extensive training and clinical experience in both Dry Needling and Trigger Point Injections, and Prolotherapy (This is why professional sports teams trust me so much with their players).
What is it good for?
If it hurts then dry needling can usually help. It’s great for back pain, sciatica, neck pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, hip pain, knee pain, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, and a whole lot more.
How does it work?
This is a super complex question, but the simple answer is that dry needling helps to clear up trigger points and their referred pain. It also helps to bring blood flow to injured areas and trigger your body to release natural pain killing chemicals.
How many treatments will I need?
That is going to depend on what you’re trying to address, your overall health status, your bodies ability to heal and what your goals are. Most people need a series of treatments but generally notice changes very quickly! Unfortunately I don’t have a magic 8 ball to predict how many treatments you will need without first performing a detailed physical exam.
Is dry needling different than acupuncture?
There is a difference between dry needling and Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is the most common system of acupuncture practice in the United States. I am trained in both systems and also in Regenerative Injection Therapy (Prolotherapy) and take a purely musculo-skeletal approach to treatment at my dry needling clinic in Tampa, FL.
Dry Needling is in-fact the same as Orthopedic Acupuncture, which has been practiced for 2000 years. With both dry needling & orthopedic acupuncture we are performing specific orthopedic assessments, and needling into muscles, tendons, ligaments and targeting trigger points.
Choose who you get Dry Needling From Wisely
Physical therapist only need 54 hours of training to perform dry needling in Florida. In contrast, as an acupuncturist I have a doctorate degree and 3000+ hours of post graduate education that is purely dedicated to the art of needling.
Experience counts when you’re choosing someone to perform needling anywhere on your body.
Your average physical therapist treats between 0-3 patients per day with dry needling.
Dr. Josh Hanson, DACM treats an average of 15-25 patients per day with dry needling (since 2011).
With dry needling I am always focused on releasing trigger points.
In the end, dry needling is a great alternative to anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections and can often times help you to avoid surgery. If you’re already had surgery it can speed up the healing time and help to restore function to the areas that were treated.