Dry Needling - My Experience
When I mention Dry Needling to most, the look of shock and horror usually fills their face. Maybe it's because I use the term needles, yes plural, which is a new concept to most. Here's how I got to my first experience... It was Sunday September 27, 2015, I was playing in my rec league hockey game. As I skated toward the center of the ice, a player heading full speed hit me head on. The collision was hard, happening so quickly I couldn’t even attempt to protect myself. I ended up leveled on the ice, with a concussion and the worst neck pain I’ve ever experienced. Six months off the ice dealing with concussion symptoms: nausea, headaches, visual problems, and head pressure combined with continued neck pain. My treatment path included visits to the doctor, manipulations to my neck, vestibular-orthopedic physical therapy, and neurological eye exam/treatments. Stretching, massage, ultrasound, strengthening, and vision exercises that you perform until you are nauseous. NO FUN! While the concussion symptoms gradually improved, the neck pain did not, while frustration continued to grow. In April 2016, I took Sue Falsone’s Dry Needling and Cupping training. For those that don’t know, when Physical Therapists go through training, this means you are basically a human guinea pig practicing every technique on each other throughout training. She asked for a volunteer to demonstrate techniques on the neck, this was my chance. My neck pain had increased from sitting in class and changing into so many different positions. Ten needles in the back of my neck and head and my pain was gone, the pain I had been experiencing for months, it was gone! And there it was, I was hooked and wanted to bring this powerful tool to others.
So the big question... was it horrible to get stuck with needles? Not at all! Most of the needles I had no idea if they were in or out. Were a couple of needles sore going in, sure, but compared to the pain I was experiencing, this was nothing!
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Ryan Goodman is owner of Goodman Performance Therapy LLC and the Team Physical Therapist for the Columbus Blue Jackets with experience in Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Injuries.