What is Dry Needling?
A drug-free treatment for pain relief and mobility
Suffering from muscular pain that won’t go away? Dry needling, a science-backed pain management treatment, can help you get your health and life back. This drug-free alternative uses “dry” needles—meaning inserted without medication or injection—to penetrate muscles and connective tissue and release trigger points.
When your trigger points are activated, you’re left with a tight knot that’s painful and can reduce your range of motion.
Athletes and active or ailing adults with knots and chronic pain can benefit from dry needling. Whether the pain has reached an unbearable level, has just started or you just want to increase your mobility—it’s time to take care of yourself with the right treatment.
Dr. Frank Pugh and Dr. Rosa Mendonca of ICAC are certified healthcare professionals who provide dry-needling services to patients in Chesterfield to help them recover and feel rejuvenated.
Put an end to persistent pain 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. Any form of acute or repetitive trauma puts stress on muscle fibers over time and can result in trigger points.
Anywhere around the knot’s epicenter can be affected as trigger points often cause pain to outwardly radiate. Due to these muscle contractions, you may also experience 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 works on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems while acupuncture is focused on the balance of energy flow in the human body.
Benefits of Dry Needling
Perpetual pain is agonizing, especially when it affects more than just one area of your body. Taking back your life and regaining control over your health is not only beneficial but necessary for a higher quality of living.
Dry needling gets into those hard-to-reach areas that other forms of pain management, such as foam rollers, can’t fully release. This alternative method alleviates discomfort at the source and mitigates indirect pain in surrounding muscles.
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 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 Chesterfield, 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.