What is Functional Dry Needling (FDN)?
Dry Needling is a general term for a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves multiple advances of a filament (acupuncture type) needle into the muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a ‘Trigger Point’. There is no injectable solution and typically the needle which is used is very thin. The pre-sterilized needles are one-time use/disposable. Most patients will not even feel the needle penetrate the skin, but once it has and is advanced into the muscle, the feeling of discomfort can vary from patient to patient. Usually a healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of the needle; however, if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject may feel a sensation much like a muscle cramp — which is often referred to as a ‘twitch response’. The twitch response also has a biochemical characteristic to it which likely affects the reaction of the muscle, symptoms, and response of the tissue. The patient may only feel the cramping sensation locally or they may feel a referral of pain or similar symptoms for which they are seeking treatment. A reproduction of their pain can be a helpful diagnostic indicator of the cause of the patient’s symptoms. Patients soon learn to recognize and even welcome this sensation as it results in deactivating the trigger point, thereby reducing pain and restoring normal length and function of the involved muscle. Typically positive results are apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms, overall health of the patient, and experience level of the practitioner. Dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention, with very few side effects. This technique is unequaled in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits.
What can Novo do for you?
At Novo, our clinicians (physiotherapists/chiropractors) are trained in FDN and can provide it as part of their overall treatment plan. FDN can be used to treat many different body parts: • Hip Pain • Lumbar Spine Pain (Low Back Pain) • Thigh • TMJ • Cervical Spine (Neck Pain) • Shoulder Pain • Thoracic Spine Pain (Mid Back Pain) And a wide array of orthopaedic and sports related conditions: Tendonopathies Muscular hematomas Muscle tears Compartment syndrome Medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints) Rotator cuff injuries Patellar Femoral Syndrome Patellar Tendinitis Piriformis syndrome Cervico-genic headaches Sciatica Hamstring issues Groin Strain Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow) Medial Epicondylitis (golfers elbow) Impingement syndromes At Novo, because the FDN is performed by registered Physiotherapists and Chiropractors, the treatment is covered within those categories of your extended health benefits.