Functional Dry Needling
Functional Dry Needling (FDN) is a mechanical-device assisted manual therapy technique that utilizes small needles to deactivate acute and chronic trigger points. The needle is applied directly through the skin to the targeted structure with the intention of causing a “twitch response”. This twitch is essential in allowing restoration of normal muscular activity. FDN involves physical assessment and intervention of numerous surgical and non-surgical neuromusculoskeletal conditions. This treatment is based on pain referral patterns and muscular dysfunction, as opposed to traditional Chinese acupuncture concepts, which often target meridians. Georgia Sports Physical Therapy uses FDN as an adjunct to traditional manual therapy techniques to alleviate pain, improve range of motion, and restore functional movement.