Functional Dry Needling

What is it?

Functional Dry Needling (FDN)  is a safe alternative treatment for pain, muscular tightness and spasm caused by injuries, arthritis or othe musculoskeletal conditions. It is used to treat myofacial pain.
You should know dry needling is different than acupuncture. Although similar tools are used, dry needling is based on studied and tested practices of Western medicine and is preformed by practitioners with training in pain patterns, posture, and movement impairments.

How does it work?

Using mechanical stimulation of the muscle produces a local twitch or rapid depolarization of muscle fibers. This results in relaxation and decreased pain of the trigger point.  FDN should not be performed as an isolated therapy, but rather as an extension to quality hands on care available at Heart of America Medical Center.

Trigger Points

Muscular tightness spasms can lead to knotted muscles or “trigger points.”  These trigger points are very sensitive and painful to the touch.  They can often cause pain to other parts of the body in what is known as referred pain. Muscular tightness spasms from over worked, stressed, or sprained muscle movement can lead to knotted muscles or trigger points.
Dry needling offers relief in the form of increased blood flow to lessen local and referred pain which will in turn   inactive these painful trigger points.

Areas of Relief
  • Joint issues
  • Back/disc issues
  • Tendinitis
  • Migraine and tension headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Athletic injuries
For more information, call 701.776.5455 ext. 2209.