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TREATMENT SPOTLIGHT: WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING?
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TREATMENT SPOTLIGHT: WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING? PHYSICAL THERAPY NEWSLETTER
Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use to treat soft tissue pain. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle or tissue that is being treated. Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture Both use thin needles, but the underlying theory and philosophy can be very different. The application of dry needling is targeted to affect certain structures within the neuro-muscular-skeletal systems. Acupuncture can work to affect different systems in the body and uses a more holistic approach. Some clinicians are trained in both acupuncture and dry needling and appreciate the differences and utilize both techniques to help their clients. How Does It Work? Dry needling works to eliminate pain by affecting the neurological and chemical properties in a tissue, typically muscle. This creates a neurological reset of the muscle or tissue which can enable your body and muscles to move more freely with less tension. Some dry needling techniques treat a broader landscape of the central nervous system. Instead of inserting needles only in the area of pain, the practitioner may instead insert needles in areas around but not directly on the point of pain. This technique relies on the idea that pain is the result of a greater nerve or muscular issue, not a focused one only in the main area of pain. Physical therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Preliminary research supports that dry needling improves pain levels, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles.
This can help speed up the patient’s return to active rehabilitation. Dry needling may provide relief for some muscular pain and stiffness. In addition, easing the trigger points may improve flexibility and increase range of motion. That’s why this method is often used to treat sports injuries, muscle pain, and even fibromyalgia pain. Does It Hurt? Most patients don’t even feel the needle go in! Some patients report a slight sting or a deep “cramp,” both of which are signs that the treatment is working, usually followed by relief once the treatment is done. HowMany Treatments Does It Take? You may feel relief after your first dry needling treatment but it can take multiple applications to help reduce pain and get you back to normal. Is Dry Needling For You? Dry Needling is a very valuable treatment option for those suffering from: • Muscle Strains • Tendonitis • Osteoarthritis • Bursitis • Decrease Mobility/Range of Motion • Headaches Chronic Pain If you’re struggling with any of the listed conditions, call Synergy Rehab & Wellness today to see if Dry Needling is right for you! Contact your physical therapist at Synergy Rehab & Wellness to help relieve your back and neck pain today or visit our website at synergyrehabandwellness.com to schedule your consultation!
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Join Us For A Virtual Community Workshop! DRY NEEDLING WORKSHOP! IS IT FOR ME? With Dr. Maddy Bosek DPT, OCS, CMTPT, ATC
MAY 4 @ 6 PM • Virtual Workshop Register for this workshop to receive workshop link
Benefits of Dry Needling:
• Loosen stiff muscles • Improve blood flow
• Improve oxygen circulation • Ease joint pain
Do you experience restrictive range of motion, joint mobility, limited extremity strength, overuse injuries, tight muscles that don’t relax when you stretch, massage them or they aren’t responsive to medication? Dry needling can help relieve your pain!
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• Does your lower back frequently “give out”? • Do you still suffer from pain, even after surgery and medications?
• Do you experience back pain after sitting or standing for long periods • Do you suffer from severe leg pain when you sit or stand-up
Learn how to avoid dependency on medication, injections and expensive unnecessary surgeries. Many people have ongoing back pain and it is the leading cause of disability in people younger than 45! Although back discomfort is common, you DON’T have to let it hold you back from enjoying your life.
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“Before physical therapy at Synergy, I had constant throbbing pain in my shoulder blade area. This pain prevented me from getting proper sleep, sitting for over one hour at a time, and getting much-needed exercise. Through massage therapy, directed therapeutic exercises, dry needling, and electric stimulation, I was able to sleep throughout the night, sit for long periods of time and continue an exercise regimen. Everyone from the check-in staff to the therapist and interns were very courteous and professional. I actually looked forward to my sessions because I felt very welcomed as well as comforted. With each visit, my pain decreased, and I was provided additional information of the “do’s and dont’s” to help improve my situation. I am particularly thankful to Annie Shrekhise for taking what seemed to be a personal interest in my well-being. I had previously visited two other facilities in the Shenandoah area, and Synergy was beyond a doubt the BEST physical therapy establishment around. Thank you ALL for being such caring individuals and helping me get back to my normal self. I feel super fantastic!” -Suzette S. WHAT OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING:
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• 3 cloves of garlic, diced • 1 medium lemon (zest & juice) • 1 handful fresh ginger • 2 qt chicken broth • 1 can coconut milk (optional)
• 2 tbsp olive oil • 1 lb chicken breast • 1 medium onion, diced • 3 large carrots, diced • 2 celery stalks diced
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Dr. Bosek is a native Californian who completed her undergraduate degree in kinesiology with an athletic training emphasis fromSan Diego State University in 2004 and became a certified athletic trainer (ATC). She then moved east to earn her Master’s of Science degree in Public HealthEducation at JamesMadisonUniversitywhileworking as a graduate assistant within the athletic training program. She covered the Dukes’ sports teams and taught in the undergraduate program. From there she
DIRECTIONS Heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add chicken breast and brown. Then, add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 min, until softened. Add 2 quarts of chicken broth and ginger with the skin on. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 35-45 minutes (the longer you boil ginger the stronger it is). Remove ginger and discard. Remove chicken, then shred and set aside. Add lemon zest and squeeze lemon to taste. Continue to simmer for 15 minutes. Add shredded chicken and (optional) 1 can of coconut milk.
worked as an ATC at Liberty University covering women’s volleyball and basketball. She returned to school and completed her Doctor in Physical Therapy degree fromLynchburg College in 2013. At that point, Maddy and her family moved to the Charlottesville area where she has worked in outpatient orthopedics ever since. Maddy received her Board Certification in Orthopedics (OCS) in 2015 and has a strong manual therapy background, completing numerous courses on mobilization and manipulation for the spine and extremities. She has experience with post- operative patients, chronic neck and low back pain and overuse injuries of the upper and lower extremities. She received her CMTPT in 2018 and has enjoyed adding dry needling to her manual therapy treatments. Being a runner herself, she has developed a passion for treating this population. Frompreventative running screens to running gait assessments and all things in between, she loves assisting runners in returning to the sport they love. Maddy and her husband Rory currently reside in Crozet, VA with their two children Russell (9) and Quinn (6). She enjoys all things outdoors including snowboarding, hiking, water-skiing and, of course, running. She is excited to join the Synergy Team to further develop herself as a clinician and assist in serve this wonderful community.
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