Dry Needling is offered in our Belfast location only with Matt Economy, PT, MSPT, COMT. Matt was a member of the committee that brought dry needling to physical therapy in Maine. Dry needling is a safe, minimally-discomforting, and often effective technique for patients with certain musculoskeletal dysfunctions.
Dry needling is a treatment performed by skilled, trained physical therapists certified in the procedure. This treatment uses a thin monofilament needle that penetrates the skin. It treats underlying muscular trigger points to manage neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.
It’s important to note, while they use similar tools, dry needling is not the same as acupuncture. Dry needling is based on traditional, studied, and tested Western medicine practices to restore normal muscle function. Traditional acupuncture practitioners follow Eastern Medicine’s key principle of holistic treatment and base their practice on “normalizing the energy imbalance,” or Chi, in the body to cure symptoms.
At Therapy Partners, after an extensive evaluation of pain patterns, posture, movement impairments, function, and orthopedic tests, we will determine if you could benefit from dry needling. Dry needling treats muscle tissue. Its goal is to reduce pain, decrease trigger points, and restore function.
We only recommend dry needling as part of a comprehensive physical therapy treatment program. Dry needling can be used for a wide variety of musculoskeletal issues, such as but not limited to shoulder, neck, heel, hip, and back pain. If you have any further questions about dry needling and how it can become part of your path to recovery, please feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment.
While insurance typically covers Physical Therapy services, we strive to confirm your benefits with you at the start of your care. Insurance programs vary from plan to plan. We strongly suggest contacting your insurance carrier to discuss your Physical Therapy benefits with them. Dry needling does require patients to consent to treatment at each session.