Functional Dry Needling – Sherwood Park

What is FDN = Functional Dry Needling?

Myofascial trigger points, muscle, and connective tissue are stimulated by a thin acupuncture type needle to release shortened bands of tissue and decrease trigger point activity. Functional Dry Needling aims to ‘reset the muscle’ by altering its proprioceptive role, changing the muscle length and influencing the input to the muscle. Treating the neuromuscular tissue can result in decreased pain and restored muscle length and function. Through muscle re-education, a person can correct their movement patterns and actively participate in achieving their rehabilitation goals.


Global Physiotherapy – Sherwood Park
FDN – Functional Dry Needling

Physiotherapist Cindy Coneen: 30+ Years Experience
780-467-9098
State of the art physiotherapy equipment
one-to-one Functional Dry Needling treatment
Unit 148, 2693 Broadmoor Blvd., Sherwood Park
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How will I know if Functional Dry Needling is an appropriate treatment for me?

The physical therapist will obtain a patient history and identify your symptom behavior. They will also perform a posture assessment and several orthopedic and functional tests to determine your sources of pain and dysfunctional movement patterns. Often pain is felt in an area away from a trigger point which can be reproduced with compression on these points in a taut band of muscle. Also, when muscles that run between spinal segments are tight, they can cause pressure on nerves affecting their conduction and input to muscles throughout the body. The physical therapist will identify if trigger points in muscles and/or around spinal segments may be contributing to your symptoms. Based on their assessment findings, diagnosis, and your rehabilitation goals, Functional Dry Needling may be a recommended treatment option for your symptoms.

What is the Purpose of Dry Needling?

  • Decrease pain & eliminate referring sources of pain
  • Release muscle shortening at local trigger points and/or spinal segments which can cause compression & irritation on nerves
  • Normalize biochemical and electrical dysfunction contributing to pain, inflammation & tight muscle tissue
  • Improve function by facilitating an accelerated return to correct movement patterns

What are examples of conditions that can benefit from Functional Dry Needling?

FDN can be effective for the treatment of both acute and chronic conditions such as:

  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tennis/golfers elbow • Sciatica
  • Hamstring/groin strain
  • Patellar Femoral Syndrome
  • Achilles tendinopathies

What can I Expect from Treatment?

If Functional Dry Needling is a proposed treatment for you, the risks, benefits and other treatment options will be discussed and any questions that you have will be answered prior to obtaining informed consent for needling.

A single-use, sterile, disposable needle will be inserted into trigger points in a muscle as determined by your physical therapist. You may feel a muscle ache or cramp (‘twitch response’) when the needle is inserted into the trigger point. This sensation may be felt locally or along a pain referral pattern that is reproduced away from the treatment site. It is normal and common to feel muscle soreness for 24-48 hours, similar to when you participate in a new physical activity. This typically feels different than the symptoms for which you are seeking treatment. Post-treatment soreness can be lessened by applying heat (warm bath or hot pack) or using ice, movement and/or stretches (as directed by your physical therapist) and by increasing water consumption for 24 hours. You may feel tired/fatigued, emotional, or energized for 1-2 hours following treatment.

Occasionally a persons’ symptoms may be exacerbated. Therefore, it is important to make note of how you feel after treatment and let your physical therapist know so that treatment can be adjusted if necessary. Typically patients see positive effects within 2-4 treatments when combined with an active treatment program, resulting in decreased pain and improved function.


Global Physiotherapy – Sherwood Park
 Functional Dry Needling

Physiotherapist Cindy Coneen: 30+ Years Experience
780-467-9098
State of the art physiotherapy equipment
one-to-one Functional Dry Needling treatment
Unit 148, 2693 Broadmoor Blvd., Sherwood Park
Global Physiotherapy – Contact Form