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I’m a Physical Therapist, and These Are 3 Reasons Why I Swear By Dry Needling For My Patients

Posted on by Peter Batz, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT/DN, AIB-VR/CON

When someone comes to physical therapy, what exactly are they looking for? The likely answer is to feel better in the quickest amount of time possible. As a new physical therapist, I often opted for manual therapy techniques to help relieve muscle tightness for my patients. Then, I started to add an instrument-assisted technique called Graston to the mix. I later learned about dry needling from my manager, and I saw many of my patients benefit from adding dry needling to their plan of care. What exactly is dry needling, though? And is it right for you?


5 Reasons Why Dry Needling Isn’t As Scary As You Think

Posted on by Zachary Vandenberg, DPT

The word “needling” might make some feel hesitant about the world of dry needling, but dry needling isn’t as scary as it sounds. In fact, it could be the key to unlocking a pain-free and healthier you. Let’s dive into the world of dry needling and explore why it’s not as intimidating as you might think.


How Do I Know If Dry Needling Is Right For Me?

Posted on by Peter Batz, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT/DN, AIB-VR/CON

Most people have experienced some muscle tightness or pain in their lives. Many of those people have gone to get a massage or seen a chiropractor for an “adjustment.” They may have seen slight short-term improvements in their symptoms afterward, but symptoms often tend to return and remain a long-term issue. One popular technique within healthcare that has shown great promise for addressing and managing pain and tightness is dry needling. But what exactly is this “dry needling” we’re referring to?


How Dry Needling Can Play A Beneficial Role In Physical Therapy

Posted on by Paige Gibbens, PT, DPT

Dry needling and acupuncture are two commonly utilized techniques to help treat pain or movement dysfunction. While both dry needling and acupuncture require the insertion of a monofilament needle, there are very few commonalities between the two. Let’s take a closer look at how they are used in practice and how dry needling plays a role in physical therapy.


Can Dry Needling Help Sciatica Pain?

Posted on by Peter Batz, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT/DN, AIB-VR/CON

You or somebody you know has probably had an episode of low back pain that radiates into one or both legs. This is commonly referred to as sciatica. The sciatic nerve travels from the low back through the hips, glutes, and down into your lower leg. These symptoms are usually caused by disc involvement at a specific segment of the spine applying pressure to the nerve or a tight muscle a bit farther down the line, compressing the nerve.


Is Dry Needling a Fad?

Posted on by Brian Whittington, PT, DPT, CMTPT

Dry needling is a treatment technique that uses a thin needle to treat underlying muscular trigger points and/or areas of tissue tenderness. This technique can be used to treat patients with musculoskeletal issues, including neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, muscle strains, IT band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, and many more.


Is My Neck Pain Normal?

Posted on by Tony Matoska PT, DPT, CMPT

Experiencing neck pain can be very worrisome, especially the first time. A lot of thoughts may be running through your head. What happened? Is this serious? Is this normal? You may be surprised to know that your neck pain is likely very normal. Studies have found that between 10-20% of the population is experiencing neck pain at any given time, and 54% have experienced neck pain within the last six months. Prevalence is generally higher in women than in men and peaks around 45 years of age.


Celebrating Athletico’s Newest Dry Needling Certified Clinicians!

Posted on by Athletico

Athletico is committed to promoting clinical excellence and inspiring professional growth. As an opportunity for continuing education, we partner with Myopain Seminars, Institute of Advanced Musculoskeletal Training, and Biomedical Dry Needling to deliver dry needling cohorts across our platform. While each of these partners may call their certification something different, all pathways require a significant investment of time and energy. We are proud of these clinicians who are committed to our core value of continuous innovation as well as improving their patient outcomes.


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