Effective Dry Needling in Richmond, VA

What is Dry Needling?

An alternative treatment for pain relief and mobility

Dry needling is a drug-free science-backed treatment using “dry” needles—without medication or injection—inserted into muscles and connective tissue to deactivate trigger points.

Those struggling with knots causing pain or poor mobility can decrease their pain and improve their range of motion. When your knots or trigger points are relaxed, the radiating pain is relieved—allowing for better, more natural movement.

Dr. Frank Pugh and Dr. Rosa Mendonca of ICAC are certified to provide dry needling treatments. Our qualified healthcare professionals are conveniently located in the Richmond, VA area. Don’t keep tirelessly searching for a solution to your discomfort.

What Are Trigger Points?

Trigger points, or knots, are taut bands of skeletal muscle within larger groups of muscle. Acute or repetitive trauma can put stress on muscle fibers over time and form trigger points.

These produce pain that is not only at the epicenter but can also spread to other areas of the body. In addition to the pain caused, they can also cause a decreased range of motion depending on where the knots form.

Is Acupuncture the Same as Dry Needling?

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

While they both involve the use of needles, dry needling focuses on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems whereas acupuncture focuses 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

Are you suffering from pain and immobility? Whether it’s a new development or an ailment that has been ongoing with no hope in sight, you need to get your life back on track.

Dry needling gets into areas that other treatments aren’t able to reach—allowing for pain relief at the source and mitigating accessory pain in surrounding muscles.

Enjoy your life again with an alternative pain management 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 Relief Physicians Serving Richmond 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.

Ready For Relief?

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