Dry Needling for Chester, VA

What is Dry Needling?

An alternative treatment for pain management and mobility

Dealing with muscular pain or knots? Dry needling is a drug-free pain relief solution that can help. Backed by science, it helps release muscular tension and improve mobility when those tough-to-reach muscles lock up. By using “dry” needles—without medication or injection—inserted into muscles and connective tissue, trigger points can be released for better pain relief.

When your trigger points are activated, you’re stuck with a tight knot that’s painful and affects your range of motion.

Whether you’re an avid athlete or an ailing adult, the aches from knots and chronic pain can be alleviated with dry needling. This alternative pain management method can tackle unbearable long-term pain or more recent aches that you just want to be proactive about.

Dr. Frank Pugh of ICAC is a certified healthcare professional who provides dry-needling services to patients in Chester to help them recover and feel rejuvenated.

Stop pain at the source with ICAC’s dry-needling services.

What Are Trigger Points?

Trigger points, or knots, are taut bands of skeletal muscle within larger groups of muscle. Repetitive trauma puts stress on muscle fibers over time and can result in trigger points forming.

Trigger points often radiate pain from the knot’s epicenter—causing aches in surrounding areas too. Not only can these muscle contractions cause chronic pain, but they may also limit your range of motion depending on their location.

Is Acupuncture the Same as Dry Needling?

Dry needling is also known as trigger point needling or intramuscular manual therapy, however, dry needling is not acupuncture.

While they both involve needles, dry needling focuses on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems while acupuncture works on the balance of energy flow in the human body.

The NovoTHOR Red Whole Body Red Light Therapy Pod used for Pain Management among athletes and sufferers of chronic pain

Benefits of Dry Needling

Pain that won’t go away becomes unbearable, especially when it affects more than just one area of your body. Getting your lifestyle back and healing your body benefits your quality of life.

Dry needling targets those deep muscle tissues better than other forms of pain management, such as foam rollers. This drug-free alternative method can release those trigger points and alleviate discomfort at the source.

Get the relief you’ve been searching for with a treatment that:

  • Involves minimal discomfort
  • Relieves pain efficiently
  • Improves mobility
  • Reduces tightness
  • Increases blood flow
  • Works without medication 

Backed By Science and Research

Dry needling was derived from the work of Dr. Janet Travell and Dr. David Simons in the 1940s after finding that certain muscles refer pain to nearby areas of the body. This is where trigger points come into play as they refer to pain when touched or bothered unless released—similar to how sciatica pain can radiate down your leg when the source is near your lower back.

Modern-day dry needling is backed by medical research showing its effectiveness.

Teresa DiazTeresa Diaz
14:00 11 May 23
Dr. Pugh and his staff are great! They have always been amazing to work with and easy to get ahold of with questions or concerns. Dr. Pugh has been great at not only adjusting for my back pain, but has given me tips to help keep lasting results with things I can do at home to help. This last session I tried the red light bed which was so relaxing. The only way I can explain it is feeling like you are sinking into your body. I would definitely recommend ICAC!
Cynthia CassidyCynthia Cassidy
22:56 06 May 23
While visiting in the Chesterfield area, I felt the need for Chiropractic care. I was fortunate to contact Dr. Pugh’s office and they were able to work me in right away for treatment. Dr. Pugh and his staff were professional and caring. During my first visit I was introduced to the NovaTHOR Red Light Bed. After my first session, I actually felt more flexibility in my joints and my sleep seemed more restful. They worked with my schedule the next day so I could have a second session on my way out of town. Will definitely schedule more appointments on my next trip to the area.
T SandersT Sanders
13:18 05 May 23
Ive been seeing Dr. Pugh for years and he is hands down the best chiropractor I've ever had. I love that he combines acupuncture with chiropractic which I have not seen anywhere else and the combination offers me more pain relief than Ive ever gotten from a pill. He is always kind and caring and spends time listening to issues and making recommendations. I've also brought my husband into the practice. He suffers from serious lower back pain where his back frequently goes out and he can't move for a few days. He was experiencing episodes every 6 months or so and since seeing Dr pugh he hasn't had an issue in 2 years. Most recently, Dr Pugh has introduced us to red light therapy. It offers a total body experience and the feeling I had of peace and relaxation after just one session was mind blowing. 5 stars is not enough to illustrate the awesomeness of this practice! If your not seeing Dr Pugh your really missing out on an opportunity to improve your quality of life. I highly recommend!!!
Robby BodenhamerRobby Bodenhamer
17:05 06 Jan 23
I have been with Dr Pugh for more than 10 years now. He is down to earth and very personable. He doesn’t try to make you sign any long term contracts or treatment plans like other chiropractors try to do. He is honest and will set up a treatment designed to help you get better. I still him once a month for maintenance.
Emily McNultyEmily McNulty
22:00 29 Dec 22
Dr. Pugh and staff have created a warm and welcoming environment. I have been going to Dr. Pugh for several years now and each visit is just as great as the last. He always takes time for any questions or concerns I may have and makes sure I leave feeling better than when I walked in.
Dr. Frank Pugh and Dr. Rosa Mendonca of Ironbridge Chiropractic and Acupuncture Center posing in front of the ICAC logo in Chesterfield

Your Pain Management Physicians Serving Chester, VA

A native to the area, Dr. Pugh received his undergraduate at Liberty University in 2000 and his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2006.

Dr. Pugh received his Fellowship degree from the Federation of International Academy of Medical Acupuncture in 2010, and then he became certified for Active Release Techniques in 2014.

He also provides chiropractic care for the PGA and Champions tour events as well as for local and professional athletes like the Richmond Kickers. Dr. Pugh has the distinct privilege of providing chiropractic care and acupuncture to United States Veterans in cooperation with the Veterans Administration.

Ready For Relief?

Schedule an appointment today and see how dry needling can improve your quality of life.