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What is Functional Dry Needling (IMS) and Does it Work?

Who would have thought inserting a thin needle into a muscle could have such a dramatic effect? For some people, especially those with chronic pain or symptoms that linger

on for weeks or years, I have found personally that Functional Dry Needling (FDN) can be a very effective tool in conjunction with a well-designed physiotherapy treatment program.

FDN is a technique developed to treat myofascial pain. The original concept was founded on the works of two well-known physicians and researchers Drs. Travell and Simons who dedicated much of their life to the understanding and treatment of those tight bands in muscle known as myofascial trigger points -- Dr. Janet Travell has over 100+ scientific publications on the topic.

It turns out, the insertion of a tiny microfilament needle into a tight muscle by a Functional Dry Needling Certified practitioner, causes the muscle to twitch and a release of chemicals into the environment near the trigger point and often a substantial and immediate change in mobility and/or pain.

FDN can be particularly useful because of its efficiency at treating deeper than our hands can often reach, and treating multiple areas at once

I have had acupuncture before, is FDN like that?

No, FDN is different than acupuncture in that the target of the treatment is to reach deeper into the muscles and release trigger points. Furthermore, it is based entirely on Western medical principles.

Does it work? How many treatments do I need?

Every person responds uniquely to FDN treatments. Your therapist will be able to let you know more specifically how long it may take to resolve your particular concern. However, many people achieve noticeable improvements within a few sessions approximately one week apart.

How do I get started?

If you would like more information about FDN or dry needling, please email us at the clinic at contact@tcao.ca or give us a call at (647) 348-3029. Ready to book? Click the book appointment button above to get started. You can schedule a physiotherapy assessment with Nadir or Ty who are both certified in Advanced Functional Dry Needling.

Nadir Mawji is a Registered Physiotherapist at The Clinic. You can learn more about him here.

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