Release Date: March 20, 2013
BUCKHANNON, W. A – Bobby Oliverio, DPT and Clinic Director at Country Roads Physical Therapy is certified in Dry Needling, a treatment technique used to alleviate muscle pain caused by trigger points or knots.
DPT and Co-owner of Country Roads Physical Therapy, Michael Barkley, who was certified in Dry Needling in Nov. 2012, has already performed this treatment on over 70 patients in the Fairmont locations. “I am receiving amazing feedback from my patients. Anyone who experiences muscle pain or tightness can benefit from this therapy treatment option,” Mike said.
“With the great results we are getting at our Fairmont locations, I am looking forward to being able to offer Dry Needling to patients who come to us from Upshur, Lewis, Randolph and Barbour counties,” Bobby said. “I see patients who suffer from neck tension, headaches, back pain, tennis elbow, leg and shoulder pain, and shin splints, for example, and Dry Needling is another effective option that I can use to help them.”
The goal of Dry Needling to is to release/inactivate the trigger points and relieve pain. A trigger point is a hypersensitive region within a muscle that is often tender to the touch. Trigger points can lead to chronic pain and movement restriction that can limit everyday activity. When used in combination with other physical therapy techniques, Dry Needling is very effective at reducing pain and restoring function and mobility.
Many methods of treatment are applied to painful muscles, but none are as effective, fast acting or long lasting as Dry Needling. In Dry Needling, a small, thin needle is inserted into the muscle at a specific trigger point to help alleviate the pain and restore full range of motion and function.
Dry Needling technique is a modern Western medical modality that is not related to Traditional Chinese acupuncture. Dry Needling therapy specifically targets muscle tissue, whereas acupuncture focuses on meridians or points along the energy channels in the body.
Dry Needling is rapidly gaining popularity worldwide. It has received recognition from prestigious organizations such as the Cochrane Collaboration, the American Physical Therapy Association, and the Department of Regulatory Affairs. On the state level, the Physical Therapy Board of West Virginia issued a statement last year in support of physical therapists performing Dry Needling.
Bobby went to Columbia, MD to receive full training in Dry Needling from Kinetacore, a reputable institution that has certified nearly 1500 North American providers in Dry Needling techniques. Bobby graduated from West Virginia University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. In 2010, he received a doctor of physical therapy degree from WVU.
Dry Needling Therapy is available at Country Roads Fairmont, Buckhannon and Wheeling locations. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Bobby or any other member of the Country Roads staff, call 304-472-8510 or visit www.countryroadspt.com. Follow us on Facebook for more information.