Dry Needling

What Is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a skilled intervention, utilized by physical therapists and other medical professionals certified in this technique, with the intent of reducing or eliminating pain by insertion of thin filament needles into muscle, myofascial trigger points, and connective tissue.  These needles vary in length, depending on the location and depth of the targeted tissue.  Most often the initial insertion is barely sensed by the patient.  As the needle is advanced into the tissue, a local burning sensation, muscle twitch, or even reproduction of the patient’s pain is briefly experienced.  After a few visits, many patients grow more comfortable and relaxed with this treatment as positive results are gained.

Why Choose A Certified Physical Therapist For Dry Needling Treatments?

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David Coletta, MPT, CMPT

We believe that physical therapists, certified in dry needling, are uniquely qualified to treat patients presenting with pain and dysfunction caused by trigger points, tightness, and inflammation within muscle.  Physical therapists are the specialists of choice in hands-on evaluation of muscle and joints in the spine, extremities, head, and pelvis.  Our profession is also well trained in general anatomy and pathology, which helps to deliver dry needling techniques in as safe and effective manner.  Because we deal with musculoskeletal injury and dysfunction on a daily basis, physical therapists have a specialized understanding of how dry needling can be used as a tool in the delivery of a comprehensive treatment plan.  At Excel Physical Therapy, only those physical therapists trained and certified in dry needling will treat patients utilizing this technique. David Coletta, MPT, CPMT and Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS are certified in dry needling for Lumbopelvic & Lower Extremity Conditions and for Craniofacial, Cervicothoracic & Upper Extremity Conditions. Both advanced training and certification programs are from the Dry Needling Institute of American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. Jackie Oliver, DPT is also a certified dry needling provider at Excel Physical Therapy who practices in our Manhattan and Bozeman office locations.

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Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS

What Conditions Are Treated with Dry Needling?

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Does Scientific Evidence Support Dry Needling?

Dry needling has been practiced worldwide for over 40 years and the rational for treatment is based on our extensive knowledge of physiology, anatomy, neurology and understanding of neuropathic pain.  There is a growing body of research that gives good support to the use of dry needling for the treatment of neck pain, back pain, and a variety of other conditions.  

How Can Dry Needling Help You?

Please call our Bozeman office at 406.556.0562 (David, Jason, Jackie) or Manhattan office at 406.284.4262 (Jackie) and ask to speak with one of our certified providers regarding this specialty if you have any questions about how dry needling can help you.




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