What’s the point? How dry needling is used alongside physical therapy

Anthony Crespo
Anthony Crespo Clinic Manager at AHS

What is dry needling?

Modern day Dry Needling(DN) has been developed on the foundation of modern Western medicine which consists of biology, chemistry, anatomy,  physiology and many more sub-fields. DN has various approaches known as model types; there is the trigger point model, The Gunn approach, and the integrative dry needling neurologic model. Each model has its intended use and procedure to address physiological ailments. DN is performed by a certified professional such as an acupuncturist, some chiropractors, Medical doctors, and some physical therapists (where allowed by state laws). Physical therapists use this technique to treat myofascial pain. In this blog we will be discussing the integrative DN neurologic model which is followed here at Allied Health Solutions. 

What is it?

The Integrative DN neurologic model focuses on integrating all known models of DN. It is based on neuro-anatomy and the scientific study of the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems. A fine filament needle is inserted into the soft tissues (skin, muscles, fascia, and ligaments). The inserted needle will create a micro lesion within the tissue, normalizing the inflammatory response, and centrally mediating the pain. The mechanical and neuromuscular effects provide an environment that enhances the body’s innate ability to heal, this will ultimately reduce pain. Both systemic and local effects of needling are emphasized. Pain physiology of the nervous system and soft tissue dysfunction are related. Addressing pain by stimulating nervous system activity is the main objective with this model.

What conditions can DN address?

Conditions include but are not limited to

  • Neck pain
  • back and shoulder pain
  • arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfers’ elbow)
  • leg pain (sciatica, hamstring strains, calf tightness/spasm)

Neurologic DN can treat but is not limited to

  • Cervicogenic headaches
  • Migraines
  • POTS
  • Chiari malformation
  • TMJ
  • Cranial nerve issues
DN is dynamically advancing with new medical research continuously being conducted as time goes on and will not stagnate in its evolution. If you feel that DN may benefit you or a loved one, please contact a team member at Allied Health Solutions where a trained specialist can administer this effective technique and get you on the road to recovery at full speed.


Integrative Dry Needling. (n.d.). Retrieved September 16, 2020, from http://versakinetic.com/services/integrative-dry-needling.html

What is Myofascia? (2019, March 06). Retrieved September 16, 2020, from https://insyncphysio.com/what-is-myofascia/

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