Dry Needling for Colonial Heights, VA

What is Dry Needling?

An alternative treatment for pain relief and mobility

For individuals seeking drug-free pain relief, dry needling presents a compelling option that’s backed by scientific research. By using “dry” needles—without medication or injection—inserted into muscles and connective tissue, a patient’s persistent pain can be alleviated. The needles are inserted into what’s known as trigger points to deactivate these knots and provide relief.

When your trigger points are activated, you feel stuck with a tight knot that’s not only painful but also reduces your range of motion.

Anyone from athletes to adults with knotted chronic pain can benefit from dry needling. Whether you can’t take the pain anymore, just want to increase mobility or both, this pain treatment can help you get your life back.

Dr. Frank Pugh and Dr. Rosa Mendonca of ICAC are certified healthcare professionals who provide dry-needling treatments to patients in Colonial Heights—improving their lives.

Stop tirelessly searching for a solution to your discomfort and enjoy a better quality of life.

What Are Trigger Points?

Trigger points, or knots, are taut bands of skeletal muscle within larger groups of muscle. Those who experience acute or repetitive trauma put stress on their muscle fibers over time and form trigger points.

The pain from trigger points can radiate from the epicenter spreading to other areas of the body. Since these muscle points contract, (which is why they are referred to as knots) they can cause a decreased 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 is focused on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems while acupuncture is focused 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

Is the pain and immobility wearing and tearing on you? Whether you can’t take it after a day or it’s been going on for a while now, regaining control over your health is critical.

Dry needling targets areas that other treatments can’t reach—providing pain relief at the source and mitigating indirect pain in surrounding muscles.

Put an end to chronic pain and enjoy your life again with an alternative pain treatment and mobility solution that is:

  • Researched and safe
  • Involves minimal discomfort
  • Relieves pain efficiently
  • Improves mobility
  • Reduces tightness
  • Increases blood flow
  • Drug-free

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 pain when touched or bothered unless released—similar to how sciatica pain can radiate down your leg when the pain 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.
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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 Colonial Heights, 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.

Dr. Pugh is joined by chiropractic associate Dr. Rosa Mendonca, healthcare professional originally from Toronto, Ontario with a strong academic background. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northeast College of Health Sciences in Seneca Falls, New York.

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