Acupuncture and Dry Needling Services

Acupuncture for Lower Back Pain and More
Acupuncture is considered an alternative medicine. However, over the past few years this ancient practice and key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine is becoming a mainstay in physical therapy philosophy.

Your familiarity with this practice may come down to the act itself – the insertion of tiny needles into the skin. But of course, there is so much more to it. The physical therapy benefits can be numerous. It can be used to treat many ailments, including (but not exclusive to) the following:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Chronic back pain
  • Neck pain (including text-neck)
  • Knee pain
  • Headaches
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Sports and workplace injuries
  • and more

Acupuncture should only be performed by appropriately trained practitioners, using a clean needle technique and single-use needles. Okotoks Physical Therapy abides by these guidelines. Neil Hergott has his Medical Acupuncture Certification, Ashley Humphrey is certified in Anatomical Acupuncture, and Wendy Powell (B.Sc. R.Ac) is our resident Acupuncture Specialist. You’re in good hands (literally) when you come to Okotoks Physical Therapy for Acupuncture for lower back pain or whatever  ails you.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is often confused as Acupuncture. Understandably so, considering that it can use solid filiform needles (also known as Acupuncture needles) in addition to the more unique hollow-core hypodermic needles. You may have heard it referred to as Myofascial Acupuncture or Tendinomuscular Acupuncture. And while dry needling can be grouped into the broad category of Acupuncture, it is indeed its own discipline.

Dry needling involves the insertion of filament needles into the “trigger point’ of the muscle, which is why it is also often referred to as Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPDN). The intent of this practice is to attain a local twitch response that releases muscle tension and pain. It is preferred by many because it comes with very few side effects, while deliver effective results. Dry needling can be used to treat many ailments, including (but not exclusive to) the following:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Whiplash Disorders
  • Spinal Dysfunction
  • Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Joint Dysfunction
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Muscle Strains

Like Acupuncture, Dry Needling should only be performed by appropriately trained practitioners. At Okotoks Physical Therapy, Neil & Ashley are certified to perform Dry needling during your Physiotherapy treatment.  For more specialized cases, they may refer you to With Balance Acupuncture, Wendy Powell.

Do you have questions about our acupuncture or dry needling services? We’re here to help. Complete the form found here, or contact us directly at 403-938-2644 anytime.