Functional Dry Needling is a mechanical-device assisted manual therapy technique within the scope of physical therapy practice. It is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. It is used in conjunction with traditional physical therapy.
The needles used are typically much smaller than hypodermic needles, and are solid rather than hollow, with a rounded rather than a beveled tip with the cutting edge of a hypodermic needle. Dry Needling is different than acupuncture with regards to the evaluation tools used, the assessment, the application, and the overall intended goal. The treatment protocols are based on Dr. Levitt’s work in orthopedics. Attached please find 2 case reports on dry needling in the cervical spine, and the hamstring, both published in The Journal of Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy.
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