Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017

Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital’s Physical Therapy Department is now offering the relatively new, and highly sought after therapeutic treatment procedure of dry needling. Dry needling is a procedure in which a thin solid filament needle is inserted into muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a ‘Trigger Point’. The goal of this treatment is to alleviate pain and improve moment for both acute and chronic conditions including M.S., hip/knee pain, shin splints, rotator cuff injuries, neck and lower back pain, tension headaches, and almost all issues related to muscular and tissue pain. Dry Needling is performed by Western medical practitioners using needles to treat the musculoskeletal and nervous systems based on modern neuroanatomy science. Unlike acupuncture, the process of dry needling is not based on the flow of chi, meridians, or traditional Chinese medicine. Instead of aiming to restore an energy balance in the body, dry needling aims to return dysfunctional muscle tissues back to a fully functioning and comfortable state.

Dry needling is a research supported technique, founded on the knowledge of musculoskeletal medicine and looks at a physiological way of administering the needles and treatment. The process of dry needling does not include a prescribed medication and most patients do not feel the insertion of the needle. There is a local twitch response that can elicit a very brief (less than a second) sensation similar to that of a muscle cramp. Typically positive results are apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions, but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms and overall health of the patient. Dry needling is a low-risk procedure in which the danger of a serious adverse reaction is actually less than that of taking an ibuprofen.

In Montana, FMDH is the one of the first physical therapy providers East of Billings to offer this service. To treat with dry needling and be in compliance with State Practice Acts, a practitioner must have an advanced degree and at least two years of experience to even start the rigorous and extensive training process to become certified. Derek Beadle, DPT has completed such training and is currently making appointments. No physician referral is needed above what is already required. For more information please call 228-3635.