Functional Dry Needling

What is functional dry needing?

Dry needling is the insertion of acupuncture needles into specific trigger points within a muscle. These tight regions of tissue are targeted to create a complete release of muscle tightness. We call this an intra-muscular technique and it can be used to create a neurophysiological change to help restore function and reduce pain.

Who is functional dry needing for?

Most everyone! A thorough assessment is always completed to determine if dry needling is appropriate for you, but this technique can be used on a wide variety of issues, both acute and chronic. 

What are some common injuries that function dry needling is effective for?

  • tension headaches
  • neck pain and tightness
  • rotator cuff injuries
  • shoulder impingement
  • tennis elbow
  • golfers elbow
  • patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • low back pain and tightness 
  • Achilles tendonitis

Is function dry needling a stand-alone treatment is does it compliment other things I should do?

At Optimize, dry needling is an adjunct to other forms of treatment such as manual therapy and exercise. We consider it to be “another tool in the toolbox” to get you moving better so that exercises become much more effective.


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