Manual Therapy Treatments

The most important component of any physical therapy treatment plan is exercise, however, hands-on manual therapies can be effective in reducing pain and improving mobility. An individualized combination of joint mobilizations, soft tissue massage and dry needling, and mobilization with movement may be added to your treatment program with your consent.

What is Electrical Dry Needling?    

Dry needling is a treatment that utilizes hair-thin sterile monofilament needles to manipulate muscle tissue for the purpose of trigger point relief and/or muscle activation. Electrical dry needling is the addition of a controlled electrical stimulation to the needles, which enhances a neurovascular response for additional healing and pain relief.


Video Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0m_S6kpJ8U

Why does it work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrFF7n29XOU&t=115s



What Conditions is Electrical Dry Needling Effective in Providing Symptom Reduction?

  • Muscle Spasms/ Trigger Points/Recurrent Strains

  • Muscle weakness/spasticity, especially neurologic weakness (stroke/brain lesions)

  • Low back pain

  • Sciatica

  • Jaw Pain/TMJD

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Headaches

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Tendinopathies

  • Neuropathies, like carpal tunnel syndrome


What is the procedure like?

The placement of the needles usually takes about 5-10 minutes. The treatment area and number of needles depends on each individuals’ needs; there may be as little as 2 or up to 8 needles placed in a given treatment area. The needles are then left in place and attached to an electrical stimulation unit which creates light rhythmic contractions, lasting for 10-20 minutes. Once the needles are removed, other treatments like focused soft tissue massage or joint mobilizations may be applied depending on the individual’s needs.


Are there any risks?

As with most other treatments, there are some risks associated with dry needling. Dr. O’Bright will review all the risks with you in detail at the time of service to ensure you understand and consent. Feel free to review the consent form in advance.​

Is Dry Needling right for me?


Dry needling is safe and effective for many conditions, but may not be suitable for some people. A comprehensive evaluation of your problem is necessary to determine if you are a good candidate for this therapy. Dr. O’Bright is a board certified orthopedic physical therapist and has Level 2 certification in dry needling. She will conduct a thorough medical screening to ensure you are an appropriate candidate for this treatment.