Dry Needling

Matthew Whittemore, PT, DPT, Brittany Forbes, PT, DPT, and Leanne Burns, PT, MPT are all Certified Dry Needling Practitioners through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy!

Dry Needling is a highly effective form of Physical Therapy for the treatment of a multitude of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions.  It is not appropriate for all conditions or pathologies and the use of the technique will be at the discretion of your Physical Therapist.

How does it work? Dry Needling is not acupuncture (traditional Chinese medicine); it is based on neuro-anatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems.  A very fine filament needle is inserted through the skin and into the deeper tissues that are considered trigger points to your pain with the goal of releasing the trigger points and relieving pain.


What conditions can be treated?  Conditions include, but are not limited to neck pain, back pain, and shoulder pain, arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer's elbow), headache to include migraines and tension-type headaches, jaw pain, buttock pain and leg pain (sciatica, hamstrings strains, calf tightness/spasms).  Dry Needling can also improve physical performance in athletes by reducing the muscular stress that accumulates in the body with repetitive exercise!

Can Dry Needling be combined with other treatments?  Yes, our personalized physical therapy programs will still integrate traditional physical therapy methods including manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, endurance training, stabilization and posture training. 

Call us today or visit our location in Jacksonville, NC (26 Office Park Drive) if you are interested in receiving Dry Needling as part of a physical therapy program!



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