Today we are going to talk about a new technique that we've been using with great success and luckily, for us, we have a willing patient. His name is Dr. Doug, who happens to have a sore hamstring and we are going to use this treatment with him.
The treatment is called Functional Dry Needling. It involves using a super-fine needle. It's about the same thickness as fishing line and can go into the trigger point of the muscle. The trigger point of a muscle is a very small localized area. Think of it as a small area with a miniature muscle spasm. The trigger points will frequently refer pain to other places and frequently be a source of chronic pain. So in Dr. Doug's example here, he's got some tenderness right here in the inside of his hamstring muscles, and that's what we're going to work on today.
Here's how it works: We're going to clean the skin with alcohol and identify the area of his tenderness. He's going to feel a little tap, and then because this needle is not hollow and because it's very thin, there's not a lot of discomfort. A twitchy feeling or a deep ache may be felt but it's relatively comfortable. We want to get some nice twitches out of that muscle.
While leaving the needle in place, we are going to use a little bit of what's called biphasic stimulation. We will use a little bit of mild current which will cause a very mild muscle contraction. It feels kind of weird, but it's not harmful and not painful at all.
You may not be able to see this in the video, but there is a really mild little muscle twitch in his hamstring. We let that run about 30 seconds to a minute.
When we take the needle out, we rub the area for a few seconds and "Voila!"" Dr Doug felt improvement right away.
Functional Dry Needling can be beneficial for tender and tight areas of hamstrings, back, shoulder, upper trapezius, back of the shoulder blade and other muscles in the hips and legs. The research and science on this treatment is solid, and we see excellent results with our clients.
Please feel free to Contact us if you wonder if you might benefit from this treatment or if you have any questions. We like to keep people in Wichita and all around the country mobile, active, and off pain pills, so if you are struggling with pain, don't continue to suffer, give us a call at 316-558-8808 and lets chat.
Until next time,
Cody Barnett PT
Orthopedic Physical Therapist