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.
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
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.
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.