ProRehab Owner Writes Viral Blog Post on Dry Needling

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Dr. Larry Benz Addresses Controversial News Surrounding Dry Needling and Acupuncture

Dr. Larry Benz, DPT, OCS, MBA, and co-owner of ProRehab, has written a viral blog post, Trigger Point Dry Needling is Not #PhysicalTherapy, discussing the merits of trigger point dry needling (TDN) in the physical therapy world. The post comes at a time when controversy surrounding TDN is heightened and many state legislators debate whether PT’s should be allowed to practice TDN.

Most of the confusion surrounding TDN and acupuncture comes from perceived similarities between the practices. Trigger Point Dry Needling is the insertion of a small gauge needle into “trigger points” on the body to directly treat the neuromuscular system. This causes favorable biochemical changes that help the body manage acute and chronic pain, as well as muscle dysfunction. Clinical research has shown that TDN can immediately improve range of motion, decrease pain, and improve function. TDN is always used as part of a comprehensive manual physical therapy plan.

“While the comparison to acupuncturists is the most frequently asked question to differentiate TDN and acupuncture, we jump into the “needle” and “philosophy” differences and conveniently forget that the acupuncturist is totally defined by one intervention and that TDN is but one tool in an arsenal for physical therapists to consider,” wrote Dr. Benz.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that involves the stimulation of anatomical points on the body to relieve pain and increase “Qi”, the body’s natural energy. Like acupuncture, TDN uses a small gauge needle, but that’s where the similarities end.

ProRehab patients can expect to be seen within 24 hours of injury by an expert in injury prevention and treatment. If you suffer from low back pain, cervicogenic headaches, carpal tunnel, patellar tendonitis, and more, TDN may be a part of a treatment plan that’s suitable for you. Call 812.476.0409 for more information on dry needling, or to book an appointment with one of our expert therapists.

About ProRehab:
ProRehab is a private physical therapy practice with locations in Evansville, southwest Indiana and western Kentucky. Known for teaching and training physical therapists throughout the region, ProRehab physical therapists are proud that patients ask their doctors to send them to ProRehab for orthopedic care. They deliver hands-on physical and occupational therapy based on the newest research to achieve the best results for patients with bad backs, achy joints, wounded hands, and sports and work injuries. Along the way, the ProRehab family has fun and makes friends with their patients; patients are actually sad to leave after their treatment is over! Find ProRehab on Facebook, @ProRehab on Twitter, and FourSquare.


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