What is Functional Dry Needling?

What is Functional Dry Needling?

July 13, 2018

Functional Dry Needling proves effective for pain and more

Functional Dry Needling (FDN) is a manual therapy technique that is used by physical therapists’ to reduced local, referred, or widespread pain, restore range of motion and muscle activation patterns, and normalize the chemical environment of an active myofascial trigger points. Myofascial trigger points (MTPs) are hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle associated with palpable nodules in the taut bands of muscle fibers. Physical therapist, Whitney Rathke, reports that this technique can be used to treatment a variety of musculoskeletal diagnoses. Some common ones that we treat are low back pain, piriformis syndrome, upper shoulder pain, headaches, and neck pain. FDN helps to jump start a patient’s progress by decreasing pain and improving function. We use this technique in conjunction with other manual therapy techniques as well as exercise. We have been having good success with this treatment. One patient was struggling with tension headaches and after 2 treatments reported no headaches. If you are curious if this treatment could help you, ask your primary care physician or physical therapist.

Dry Needling is used for:
Low back pain
Upper shoulder pain
Headaches
Neck pain

Contact Whitney Rathke, HHC Physical Therapist at (402) 723-4512.