Professional Rehab Associates is excited to announce that we now offer dry needling therapy! Our physical therapist (PT), Dr. Maryah Sydnor, PT, DPT, cert. DN is Dry Needling Certified, in both upper and lower extremity conditions, within the New River Valley.
This new service is available to almost all patients, with no doctor referral required, as long as there are no contraindications.
Integrating dry needling into our physical therapy practice allows us to continue our commitment to providing quality, patient-centered care to each of our patients.
Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use (where allowed by state law) to treat pain and movement impairments. The physical therapist inserts a "dry" needle, one without medication or injection, into areas of the muscle.
It should not be confused with acupuncture, which is based on traditional Chinese medicine performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine and is supported by research.
We are glad you asked. While dry needling can help with an assortment of issues. Below are a few of the main conditions where dry needling can be of a great benefit.
Elbow Pain (lateral/medical epicondylitis)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
Chronic Low Back Pain
Dry needling has demonstrated effectiveness in alleviating both acute and chronic pain. By targeting trigger points, therapists can release muscle tension and promote pain relief, allowing patients to regain mobility and functionality.
Dry needling stimulates the body's natural healing response. This can result in increased blood flow, improved oxygenation of tissues, and the release of endorphins, contributing to a faster and more efficient healing process.
Tight muscles can restrict joint movement, leading to decreased range of motion. Dry needling helps relax the muscles, allowing for improved flexibility and joint mobility.
This is particularly beneficial for individuals recovering from injuries or dealing with musculoskeletal conditions.
Dry needling is often used in conjunction with other physical therapy modalities, such as exercise, manual therapy, and education. Its integrative nature allows for a comprehensive approach to rehabilitation, addressing multiple facets of a patient's condition.
During a dry needling session, a physical therapist identifies trigger points through a thorough assessment of the patient's history, physical examination, and palpation. Once the trigger points are pinpointed, thin needles are inserted directly into the affected muscles.
This process stimulates the release of tension, improves blood flow, and encourages the body's natural healing mechanisms.
Dr. Maryah Sydnor, PT, DPT, cert. DN is Dry Needling Certified in both upper and lower extremity conditions and is ready to help you experience the relief that comes through dry needling. Schedule an appointment today to get started.