Embarking on a journey to explore dry needling can be both intriguing and a tad overwhelming. Let’s walk through what patients experience during dry needling treatments, addressing common questions and shedding light on potential concerns.
In physical rehabilitation, self-efficacy is pivotal in determining an individual’s ability to recover and regain optimal function after injury. Self-efficacy is one’s belief in their ability to perform specific tasks or achieve certain goals. Self-efficacy has far-reaching clinical relevance in rehabilitation. This blog will explore the significance of self-efficacy in rehabilitation, the psychological and physiological aspects, and the various strategies and interventions that healthcare professionals can employ to enhance self-efficacy, empower our patients, and promote successful recovery.
Informed consent is a fundamental ethical and legal concept in healthcare. It is a process that empowers patients by providing them with comprehensive information about their medical treatments or interventions, allowing them to make informed decisions regarding their care. In the context of therapy, informed consent is equally crucial. This blog explores the importance and necessity of informed consent for patients and therapists, shedding light on its significance in promoting patient autonomy, ensuring ethical practice, and mitigating potential legal risks. We will draw upon relevant literature and ethical principles to support these arguments.
I was recently asked on a podcast a very interesting question. What are the requisite sets of knowledge and skills to be a safe and effective dry needler? It was a very interesting discussion where we discussed practice history, types of educational backgrounds and skills but my very fundamental and first clear line was a strong knowledge of anatomy and an appreciation for your patient’s anatomy. The relevance of anatomy to the dry needling practice is even more important as we start placing needles 3-dimensionally into the body. If you’re interested in this discussion you can check it out on The True North Podcast with Jaime Huestis.
Dry needling is a technique that involves the insertion of fine monofilament needles into anatomic structures to stimulate the healing process, relieve pain, and increase function. While dry needling is generally considered safe and effective, there are some potential adverse reactions when being dry needled that patients should be aware may occur. This blog will discuss the top adverse events that can occur when receiving dry needling.
In keeping with our focus on safe dry needling practices, we are always looking into the safety literature and determining the best ways to practice safely. Recently there was a review article that focused on dry needling patients who are on anticoagulant medications.
Neck pain is a real “pain in the neck”. Recent case studies have demonstrated the use of dry needling for neck pain treatments in patients. In 2016 low back and neck pain had the highest health care spending in the United States, with an estimated $134.5 billion being spent on spinal pain-related conditions. Neck pain is a multifactorial disease with various modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors. There are psychological, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, occupational, and behavioral factors among these modifiable risk factors.
Settling the Debate Once and For All For years, hands-on healthcare professionals and acupuncturists have been trying to claim their stake over the use of needles to relieve pain, which has resulted in a grand debate over the differences between acupuncture and dry needling. Allow me to set the scene on the acupuncture versus dry
This article was sparked by a recent systematic review in an area I have been following for some time, Fascial Manipulation (FM).1 As clinicians, we all are in a never-ending search for treatments that add value to our patients, particularly when it comes to those in pain and struggling with their functional movement. It is
In this article we will discuss the pathophysiology of plantar heel pain and the current research into treating plantar heel pain with dry needling. Plantar heel pain is a common problem among adults. Each year in the United States, people visit the physician more than 1 million times per year because of plantar heel pain.1
Superficial vs. Deep: Does it matter when dry needling? Dry needling is a commonly used intervention for the management of various painful conditions. Pain conditions can manifest in many forms. However, pain management is a common treatment goal when dry needling. The physiologic mechanisms at play, mechanisms of pain relief, and the overall efficacy of
2020 seems to be the year of baking and cooking, due to COVID and the lockdown, and we want to share some of our teams’ favorite holiday recipes and treats. Many of us haven’t been able to connect with family as we would have liked to, but sharing a meal together (near or far) is always
A question I often get asked by students in class is “can I use dry needling to help my post-stroke patients with spasticity?” The short answer is yes. There have been three articles recently written regarding the use of needling procedures to treat spasticity. These have sparked an interest in this area and I wanted
If I learned anything throughout my dry needling experiences, it’s this: all needling techniques are not created equal for all patients. These small instruments make a mighty impact on the body’s muscular, skeletal, endocrine and nervous systems and, when used properly, can yield incredible results in a short amount of time. However, using needles effectively requires intimate knowledge of anatomy and physiology as well as hands-on experience. To help you use needling as an agent for positive patient outcomes, I’d like to introduce you to a handful of dry needling techniques and give you guidelines on how to decide which kind is best for each unique patient.
Jill Wosmek has completed the dry needling certification and have received the SFDN designation! She has been part of our community for a long time and is dedicated to her work. She currently works in an integrated sports medicine clinic within Sports Academy and is part of the leadership to help influence and grow the clinic.
Jennifer Hallquist has been a physical therapist in Arizona since 2002 and has worked in a variety of settings. During her years of practice, she found that she really enjoyed and thrived in outpatient orthopedic settings the most. While working full time at an outpatient clinic, she started a private practice in 2014 called Lift
Jaime Huestis has been a member with us since the very beginning. She has taken a handful of our dry needling courses and has recently completed our dry needling certification, obtaining the SFDN designation!