Dry Needling

Functional Dry Needling is a technique that uses small needles to deactivate trigger points and loosen shortened muscles. Ian Manning and Kristi Mason are certified to perform the technique which will help eliminate your pain and dysfunction.

Dry Needling, performed by Ian Manning at OrthoCore Physical Therapy in North Kingstown, RI can help with a variety of physical ailments.

WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL DRY NEEDLING?

It is a technique that uses small needles to deactivate trigger points and loosen shortened muscles. The primary goal of functional dry needling is to desensitize super-sensitive structures, to restore motion and function and possibly induce a healing response in the tissue. It is a valuable treatment for musculoskeletal related pain such as muscle and joint pain. It can also help to increase muscle performance.

Ian Manning was trained and certified through the KinetaCore system. 

WHAT IS A TRIGGER POINT?

A trigger point, in layman’s terms, is a muscle knot. It is a hyperirritable spot that usually lies in a muscle belly. It is painful when compressed. When compressed it can give rise to referred pain (pain that travels away from the area) and tenderness.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER RECEIVING FUNCTIONAL DRY NEEDLING?

You may feel sore immediately after treatment in the area of the body where you were treated, this is normal but does not always occur. It can also take a few hours or the next day before you feel soreness. The soreness may vary depending on the area of the body that was treated as well as varies person to person, but typically it feels like you had an intense workout at the gym. Soreness typically lasts 24-48 hours. If soreness continues beyond this please contact your provider.

By hitting trigger points, functional dry needling can help relieve chronic pain.

It is common to have bruising after treatment; some areas are more likely than others. Some common areas are shoulders, base of neck, head and face, arms and legs. Large bruising rarely occurs, but can. Use ice to help decrease the bruising and if you feel concern please call your provider.

It is common to feel tired, nauseous, emotional (giggly or “loopy”), and/or somewhat “out of it” after treatment. This is a normal response that can last up to an hour or two after treatment. If this lasts beyond a day contact your provider as a precaution.

There are times when treatment may actually make your typical symptoms worse. This is normal. If this continues past the 24 – 48 hour window, keep note of it, as this is helpful information and your provider will then adjust your treatment plan based on your report, if needed. This does not mean functional dry needling cannot help your condition.

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER TREATMENT, WHAT CAN I DO, AND WHAT SHOULD I AVOID?

It is highly recommended that you increase your water intake for the next 24 hours after treatment to help avoid soreness. It is recommended that you soak in a hot bath or hot tub to help avoid post treatment soreness.

After treatment you may do the following based on your comfort level, if it hurts or exacerbates your symptoms then stop.

  • Work out and/or stretch
  • Massage the area
  • Use a heating pad
  • Avoid ice unless you are icing a bruise, heat is better for muscle soreness.
  • Drink alcohol, but it is recommended you do not do so excessively.
  • Take Tylenol, Ibuprofen/Motrin, aspirin etc. is ok

* If you are feeling light headed, having difficulty breathing, having chest pain or any other concerning symptoms after treatment CALL us immediately. If you are unable to get a hold of us, call your physician.