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Dry needling is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into myofascial trigger points (painful knots in muscles), tendons, ligaments, or near nerves in order to stimulate a healing response in painful musculoskeletal conditions.
Dry needling is not acupuncture or Oriental Medicine; that is, it does not have the purpose of altering the flow of energy (“Qi”) along traditional Chinese meridians for the treatment of disease. In fact, dry needling is a modern, science-based intervention for the treatment of pain and dysfunction in muscle and bone conditions such as neck pain, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, knee pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and back pain.
Is dry needling safe?
Drowsiness, tiredness or dizziness occurs after treatment in a small number of patients (1-3%) and if affected, you are advised not to drive. Minor bleeding or bruising occurs after dry needling in 15-20% of treatments and is considered normal. Temporary pain during dry needling occurs in 60-70% of treatments. Existing symptoms can get worse after treatment (less than 3%of patients); however, this is not necessarily a “bad” sign. Fainting can occur in certain patients (0.3%), particularly at the first treatment session when needling the head or neck region. Dry needling is very safe; however, serious side effects can occur in less than 1 per 10,000 (less than 0.1%) treatments.
The most common serious side effect from dry needling is pneumothorax (lung collapse due to air inside the chest wall). The symptoms of dry needling-induced pneumothorax commonly do not occur until after the treatment sessions, sometimes taking several hours to develop. The signs and symptoms of a pneumothorax may include shortness of breath on exertion, increased breathing rate, chest pain, a dry cough, bluish discoloration of the skin, or excessive sweating. If such signs and/or symptoms occur, you should immediately contact your physical therapist or physician. Nerves or blood vessels may be damaged from dry needling which can result in pain, numbness or tingling; however, this is a very rare event and is usually temporary. Damage to internal organs has been reported in the medical literature following needling; however, these are extremely rare events (1 in 200,000).
What types of needles are used?
Single-use, disposable needles are used in this clinic.
Click here to download our consent form if you believe you are a candidate to try Dry Needling.
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Physical Therapy Services is very pleased to offer Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE's) here at our location via Workability PLC.
This service provides residents of Windham County with access to a specialty service provided by a leader in the provision of functional capacity testing.
Workability is a Vermont business that has 10 test locations throughout the state.
Mark Coleman is the owner of Workability, a Burlington based company that provides work rehab and injury prevention services for Vermont businesses, injured workers, insurance companies and lawyers.
Mark gained his training as an occupational therapist in New Zealand. He is a registered and licensed therapist in Vermont with over 25 years experience working in health care.
Along with his wife and daughter, Mark lived in Colorado for 6 years. They moved to Vermont in 2002 where he worked at Fletcher Allen Health Care. He left Fletcher Allen in 2010 to start Workability. Mark has specialized in the administering of Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE’s) since that time.
His evaluations have been successfully defended in court and his services are sought by both plaintiff and defense attorneys.
When not working, Mark is on the coaching staff of Saint Michael’s College Rugby Club in Colchester. A game that he began playing when he was 7 years old and still hasn’t got tired of.
For more information or to schedule an appointment Mark can be reached using the contact information listed below.
Functional Capacity & Ergonomic Evaluations
208 Flynn Avenue, Suite 3D
Burlington, VT 05401
Shaun Barnes, MPT became certified in Dry Needling in 2016.
JeanMarie Rodriguez, PTA furthered her continuing education in Aquatic Therapy in April 2016 learning how to perform manual therapies in an aquatic environment.
M. Damon Kindopp, PT, Cert. D.N. further advanced his spinal manipulation skills with a spinal manipulation course in November, 2016
Since April 2016 we have been contracted with Work Well to provide Pre-work Screenings as well as WorkFit return to work screenings for local businesses.