Dry Needling in Action
Stephanie inserts the needle to the trigger point in Sharon's neck.
When Sharon Scoggin was born, two of her cervical joints, C4 and C5, were fused. She has battled nerve pain and the muscle pain that goes with it throughout her life. Subsequent neck surgeries have also helped by fusing C5 and C6 and again C6 and C7.
"This is something that I have dealt with my entire life," Sharon said "Sometimes even opening a heavy door will put me out."
Sharon is very proactive in managing her health. When she moved to Richmond from San Antonio, she brought all her records. She has a massage therapist that she works with regularly and she stays ever vigilant to manage her pain.
"I haven't been in physical therapy for three years but I was starting to have the tingling and burning that tells me it's time to take action."
Stephanie Furnace, PT, MS began the treatment by manipulating Sharon's muscles to identify the trigger points. She then cleaned the area and inserted the thin dry filament needle, targeting it to the trigger point. She then squeezed the muscle and touched the electronic stimulator to the needle.
"There is no medicine in this needle and it is not a big syringe," Stephanie explained. "It is a very small filament which makes it less painful for the patient."
"My goal is to retrain the muscle to reduce pain and increase mobility," Stephanie continued. "This allows me to reach muscles that I normally can't get to manually and you can see it pulse under my hand."
The e-Stim is applied and Stephanie squeezes the muscle as it pulses.
"At this point I have done more than 200 treatments and back and neck pain is just one of the problems that this procedure is used on," she continued. "People who turn to this typically have a long-standing issue that causes them a lot of pain and reduced mobility and it's not just back pain. It can be headaches, a frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, hip problems, plantar fasciitis: Basically anywhere in the body there is a muscle imbalance.
"My muscles are the loosest they have ever been," commented Sharon and she lay there chatting easily during the therapy.
Sharon's treatment regimen at Physical Therapy and Aquatic Rehab of Fort Bend includes dry needling as part of a comprehensive and dynamic physical therapy program.