In February of this year, Chris Juneau, clinical director of Valir Physical Therapy, in Oklahoma City, brought in an expert in dry needling, a technique used by physical therapists to treat pain, to train and certify Valir’s team. “Dry needling is a rising trend in our field,” says Juneau. “We chose to offer this modality to better serve our patients and provide better outcomes.”
The Western medicine technique is used to treat pain and dysfunction caused by a wide range of musculoskeletal problems, sinus trouble, headaches and some nerve problems. It works by changing the way the body senses pain and by helping the body heal itself. “Pain can oftentimes be debilitating, and dry needling is a great alternative to prescription pain aids,” adds Juneau. “It not only reduces pain, but it can restore functional mobility, which allows our patients to get back to doing the things they love.”
Like all medical treatments, the number of sessions needed depends on the individual and injury in conjunction with traditional physical therapy. Dry needling can offer instant improvement, but a minimum of three treatments is recommended and often six to eight are needed for recovery.
Location: 700 N.W. 7th St., OKC. For more information or an appointment, call 405-609-3600 or visit Valir.com.