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Functional Dry Needling

Functional Dry Needling: Service

Functional dry needling (FDN) is a specific type of treatment performed by a certified functional dry needling specialist, typically a physical therapist. The treatment is used to assist the physical therapist in reducing the patient’s pain and muscle guarding while improving functional mobility. The tool used for FDN is a very small diameter needle or acupuncture needle. The needle is used to penetrate the affected muscle and then stimulate a relaxation response, typically resulting in a muscle twitch. Electrical stimulation may be applied during FDN to improve muscle response. 


Conditions that may benefit from FDN treatment combined with physical therapy include:

  • Headaches

  • TMJ Dysfunction

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Whiplash associated injuries

  • Low back, mid-back, and neck pain

  • Sports injuries

  • Muscle strains

  • Tendonitis

  • Ligament sprains

  • Nerve pain, numbness, and peripheral nerve injury

  • Hand and foot pain

If you are curious about FDN and have any questions or concerns or if you would like to schedule an evaluation to see if you are a candidate, please call our office at 406-381-3683.

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