Therapist John Hojnacki uses dry needling therapy to treat
Leah Good canít
afford down time. A 29-year-old mother of two young children and a
full-time graphic artist, she had experienced frustrating back pain
for four long years.
fusion surgery at Aurora St. Lukeís Medical Center in June, Good was
advised to have physical therapy including a procedure called dry
weeks, I went from depending on a cane to not using it at all, and I
completely attribute that to the dry needling," says Good, who
lives in Wauwatosa.
Dry needling is
a therapy using a 1-1/2- to 2-inch-long needle to locate trigger
points in the muscle, allowing tension to be released so the PT can
use deep-tissue massage and other treatment. Itís known as dry
needling because no steroids or other liquids are injected.
The therapy can
help people with a variety of types of pain, including chronic
headaches and osteoarthritis, according to John Hojnacki, a physical
therapist certified in dry needling treatment at Spinal Dynamics of
Wisconsin in Wauwatosa. Most patients have twice-weekly treatments for
about six weeks.
differs from acupuncture, Hojnacki notes.
looking for specific, physiological muscle restriction," he
explains. "Acupuncture gets into the Eastern philosophy of
opening up meridians of energy flow to the body."
sustained a torn ligament in her back during the birth of her first
child, now 4 years old.
"I had had
every kind of injection and pain management, and I felt like there was
no hope," she says. "Here Iím about to turn 30 years old
and I felt like a 70-year-old. Now, Iíve got a whole new lease on