Everything you need to know about dry needling in order to add this treatment strategy to your practice!
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a treatment which utilizes extremely fine, stainless steel needles, which get inserted into muscles, ligaments, fascia & similar soft tissues for the treatment of mechanical pain. The needles are never to be re-used, and are disposed after single-use. Additionally, electrical stimulation can be added to the needles, which is referred to as intramuscular stimulation. This strategy is effective at eliciting a latent twitch response. As part of the response to the insertion of the needle, the body produces a local inflammatory response and the affected tissues begin the process of repair. It is important to note, that dry needling is not recommended for sole use in the clinical setting. Dry needling is an effective treatment strategy for patients with musculoskeletal pain, however, other treatment strategies are also vital for the overall recovery of the patient’s dealing with pain.
Dry needling should NEVER be used as a single intervention. Instead, it should be viewed as a piece of the puzzle, rather than the end-all-be-all most patients want to label it."
Who can perform Dry Needling?
Depending on specific states' scope of practice, chiropractor, physical therapists and dentist can perform dry needling. Chiropractors are highly advised to check their specific state board BEFORE registering for a course. Physical therapists are advised to check their local state scope as well. Regardless of profession, adequate training is required by state boards. Some states require as little as 12 hours of training, while most require a minimum of 50 hours of training. As a company that provides dry needling training, we feel MOST comfortable with the 50 hour training requirement. There is simply too much information to cover in order to best teach the fundamentals of dry needling, most notably safety.
Where can I take a Dry Needling Course?
There are several dry needling providers in the United States. We certainly hope you do your research when selecting one for your education. If you want to get Certified in dry needling, while at the same time “sharpen your clinical saw” with other like-minded professionals, then our program is for you. If you want to sit in a seat and collect the required hours simply to boast how you “know how to dry needle”, then our program is NOT for you. We discuss dry needling and so much more, including pain mechanisms, business strategies, personal growth and leadership training. Again, if you are looking to take a dry needling course as quickly (and cheaply) as possible, then our program is NOT for you. Our program is for the life-long learner who specializes in the treatment of mechanical pain, exudes professional passion, and is determined to become a master at their craft. To book your seat at a course near you, please visit our website at: www.midwestrehabilitationinstitute.com/courses Or, you can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “DRY NEEDLE” in the subject line.
Alex Earl, DC DACRB
Alex Earl is the CEO and Co-Founder of Midwest Rehabilitation Institute. He is a current Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board (ACRB) and currently serves as the Team Chiropractic Physician for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League.