Here at elevate Health & Performance™ dry needling is a core part of our practice.

Because we’ve seen our patients and clients benefit. Dry needling helps pain, stiffness and numbness. It can help improve your range of motion and neuro pathways.

We discussed dry needling earlier in the year.

And now that Dr. Josh Sabol PT DPT SCS has joined our team, people are asking about dry needling and how it works. So, we’ve asked Josh to answer the most pertinent questions.

How is Dry Needling Different than Acupuncture?

“It’s pretty simple. The roots of Acupuncture lie in traditional Chinese medicine. They insert thin needles into “meridians” where practitioners believe the body’s energy – or Qi – flows.

“And acupuncture practitioners use it treat many conditions. These range from pain to depression to serious diseases.

“Dry Needling’s purpose is to provide pain relief for musculoskeletal conditions. Period. It’s based on modern medical science.

“We place Ultra-thin needles in myofascial – or connective tissue – trigger points. And near tendons, ligaments or nerves.

“The needle is often gently manipulated. And we may use a slight electrical current to stimulate the tissue and achieve pain relief.”

Does it work?

“Studies show that most patients do feel pain relief after a Dry Needling treatment.

“And we only treat a patient if trials show that their condition responds to Dry Needling.”

SH: Pain? Numbness? Stiffness? elevate Health & Performance™ dry needling expert can help.

Is it safe?

“Yes. Some people are a little queasy about needles and you may feel temporary minor pain during the treatment.

“The most common side effects are a bit of minor bleeding or bruising. And this is only in 20% or so of cases. For about 3% of patients their pain may temporarily increase. This results from stimulating the fascia, ligament or tendon.”

Okay. What types of pain can Dry Needling help?

“As I mentioned, Dry Needling helps musculoskeletal pain. Some conditions that I’ve treated effectively include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chronic headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Tennis elbow
  • Lower back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Knee pain and shin splints

What kind of training did you need to become certified in Dry Needling?

“Well when we’re in physical therapy school, we learn about anatomy and physiology. That’s the foundation. Then you need advanced certifications.

“I’ve taken two certification courses with the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy (AAMT). Dry Needling for Craniofacial, Cervicothoracic & Upper Extremity Conditions (DN-1). That’s a multi-day, 27-hour intensive course.

“And I’ve also completed Dry Needling for Lumbopelvic & Lower Extremity Conditions (DN-2). It’s also a multi-day intensive. I’m now certified in Dry Needling from the AAMT.”

Here at The Privat Gym™, we believe that Dry Needling can help relieve musculoskeletal pain. If you’d like to read more, check out this article from “PT in Motion.”

And of course, you can call or email Josh with your questions!

For any other questions, just contact us.

Remember: most insurance covers dry needling and corrective exercise as part of PT treatment. We also offer dry needling as a cash pay service.