Dry Needling

Dr. Kelly McMurtrey Thompson is certified in Dry Needling. Dr. Kelly has done Dry needling in her office since February of 2018.

What is Dry Needling and how is it different from Acupuncture? 

    A common question often posed by patients is what is the difference in Dry Needling and Acupuncture? Dry Needling requires a physical examination, diagnosis, location of anatomic points based on western understanding of anatomy, neurology, and physiology. Acupuncture uses meridians, energy, pulse points, and/or tongue characteristics to make a determination of why or where to place a needle. Acupuncture is a separate system of healing with its own ancient laws and philosophy. The tool, which is the needle, is the only common element between Dry Needling and Acupuncture. 

Hey Doc, what is that needle doing again?

  Simply stated, the needle itself acts to physically disrupt the tension and pressure within the involved tissue. It unlocks the tissue, thereby encouraging said tissue to return to a more normal and improved level of function. 

What are the benefits of Dry Needling?

1. It is both dianostic and therapeutic.

2. It brings about resolution of symptoms more rapidly.

3. The per treatment cost is minimal and the cost to benefit ratio is very high. 

4. It does not interfere with most patients' drug regimens or interfere with implanted devices such as pacemakers.

5. There is no contraindication  to the number of sites or frequency or treatment. 

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