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dry Needling

  • Electro Dry Needling blocks pain by activation bioactive chemicals through peripheral, spinal, and supra spinal mechanism desensitizing peripheral nociceptors (pain receptors) and reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines (Zhang et al., 2015)

  • There is reduced microcirculation with degeneration and osteoarthritis (OA); Electro dry needling helps improve microcirculation as well as decrease pain and improve mobility in the joint (Li et al., 2007).

  • Our Doctors of Physical Therapy were trained by the Dry Needling Institute lead by Dr. James Dunning. We use Dry Needling in a variety of ways in our Physical Therapy practice in conjunction with other manual techniques and movement corrective. If you are in Scottsdale and are looking for Electro Dry Needling performed by a physical therapist come to RTS Physiotherapy!

Low Back Electro Dry Needling

Low Back Electro Dry Needling

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​Electro Dry Needling is effective treatment to reduce pain and disability in:

  • Knee Osteoarthritis

  • Hip Osteoarthritis

  • Piriformis Syndrome

  • Carpal tunnel Syndrome

  • Migraine and Tension Headaches

  • Temporomandibular Disorder (TMJ)

  • Shoulder Pain

  • Neck Pain

  • Low Back Pain

  • Plantar Fasciitis

    • (Dunning et al., 2014)​

what the research says..

  • Electro-Dry needling resulted in improved microcirculation in the joint, increased white blood cells in the joint and improved joint lubrication. This lead to reductions in pain, stiffness and disability (Li et al., 2007). 

  • Dry needling with electrical stimulation had positive results including ruduction in pain and improved function for the treatment of chronic lateral hip and thigh pain (Pavkovich et al., 2015).

  • Following electrical dry needling, there was a significant increase in plasma B-endorphin levels to local points at the knee resulting in decreased pain, stiffness and disability (Ahsin et al., 2009).

How RTS Physio utilizes

Electro dry needling

Electro Dry Needling is an excellent tool to decrease pain, decrease trigger points/muscle stiffness and restore joint mobility. This modality should not be the sole treatment technique with any physical therapy program. At RTS Physiotherapy, we use electro dry needling in conjunction with manipulation, mobilization with movement and other soft tissue manual therapy to achieve optimal results. Dry needling will give the patient relief but we must find the root cause of the problem so the pathology doesn't return. We offer Electro Dry Needling completed by a physical therapist to Scottsdale, for more info on Electro Dry Needling pricing contact us.



How people respond can be very different from person to person. When the needle is inserted it may feel like a small "prick" and some don't feel the needle at all. The needle will often reproduce pain or symptoms and create a dull ache. You may also get a twitch in the muscle which is a response to the trigger point. When the stim unit is placed onto the needles, you will begin to feel a "pulsing" within the muscle belly. This pulsing will be slightly uncomfortable and some will enjoy the stimulation. To talk about our Electro Dry Needling completed by a physical therapist in Scottsdale, call our office today!

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