Dry needling targets trigger points in muscles throughout the body
that are typically a source of pain. During the treatment, very thin
needles are inserted into the trigger points, which are irritable,
hard "knots." Oftentimes, patients don't feel the needle when it is
inserted through the skin. However, the treatment can provide
enormous relief of symptoms and improve function.
In addition to
relieving pain such as hip and knee pain and tension headaches, dry
needling is also used for acute and chronic sport-related injuries
like shin splints, rotator cuff injuries, and tennis or golfer's
Tim Heitzig, ALMH physical therapist, administers the treatment.
He has worked in the ALMH Rehabilitation Department for 10 years and
received the certification as part of the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare
Foundation's professional certification program.
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"Dry needling is an evidence-based treatment that has been
proven to be effective. At ALMH, we want to provide excellent
care for our patients, and this new offering is one more way we
can help them," said Heitzig.
Dry needling, although effective, may not be appropriate for
everyone, including women in their first trimester of pregnancy and
people with clotting issues. Individuals who are interested in
exploring whether the dry needling technique is right for their
condition can call 217-605-5500.
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital]