Functional Dry Needling
The vast majority of musculoskeletal dysfunctions are the result of muscle tension and imbalance. Functional Dry Needling (FDN) involves the insertion of a small, sterile needle into a dysfunctional segment of muscle or connective tissue, often known as a trigger point or focal adhesion, by a licensed FDN practitioner, to reduce muscle tension and imbalance.
The results of FDN are profound and long-lasting when coupled with other physical therapy interventions aimed at regaining normal muscle balance and improving overall function.
FDN is the most effective tool in the physical therapist’s tool box for addressing musculoskeletal conditions caused by chronic or acute muscle tension or trauma. FDN, a western-based treatment approach grounded in extensive research, should not be confused with acupuncture. The only similarity is the use of a sterile needle.
Horizon Physical Therapy, the pioneer of FDN in Northeast Georgia, has used FDN as an integral rehab tool since 2012, and all of our therapists are licensed FDN practitioners.
We currently treat a variety of orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions utilizing FDN including muscle strains, tendonopathy, TMD, migraine headaches, disc pathologies, sciatica, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, and fibromyalgia.
The goal of FDN is to eliminate barriers within the muscle that are impeding normal movement in order to alleviate pain, restore mobility, and improve function.
Contact Horizon Physical Therapy today to see if functional dry needling is right for you.