Dry needling is a technique trained and certified physical therapists sometimes use for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. The technique uses a thin filaform “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle to stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues. The primary goal of dry needling is to desensitize structures, to restore motion and function, and to induce a healing response to the tissue.
Although it looks similar, dry needling is completely different from Acupuncture. Dry needling is based on pain patterns, muscular dysfunction, and other symptoms. Acupuncture is a technique for balancing the Flow of Energy or Life Force, known as Qi or Chi, believed to flow through meridians, pathways, in your body.
World class athletes from around the globe are being treated for pain and dysfunction using this technique. As the physical therapy and chiropractic scopes of practice continue to widely accept this practice, we will continue to see marked improvements in practice and possibly the emergence of dry needling as a gold standard soft tissue and neuromuscular technique.
In our office, Jillian Fichman, DPT, is trained in dry needling and likes to incorporate this into treatment of chronic pain.
Jillian Fichman, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified APTA Clinical Instructor
Jillian graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland. She went on to receive a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. As a former competitive swimmer and gymnast, she has a special interest in treating orthopedic injuries and in sports medicine. Jillian is trained in a variety of manual techniques for land and aquatic treatments that she uses in a holistic approach. Jillian is a big proponent of lifelong fitness and enjoys working with patients to further a healthy lifestyle. Jillian is trained in dry needling and likes to incorporate this into treatment of chronic pain.
When she is not working, Jillian enjoys swimming, running, competing in triathlons and most importantly, spending time with her family. ph here.