Functional Dry Needling | Physical Therapy Services

UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Jordan Creek)

180 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 120
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waukee)

950 E. Hickman Road
Waukee, Iowa 50263

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2103 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th St. SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009

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Urgent Care - Ankeny

3625 N. Ankeny Blvd.
Suite E
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

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Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
Suite 101
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

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Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

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2901 86th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

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Dry Needling therapy at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Functional Dry Needling | Physical Therapy Services

Find Relief with Dry Needling 

Your physical therapist will determine how many additional sessions would be recommended for your case. If you're looking for a physical therapist or dry needling services, find a provider at Physical Therapy - Urbandale or Physical Therapy - West or call (515) 241-4499 for more information.

Providers who offer dry needling listed below.

What is Functional Dry Needling?

Functional Dry Needling (FDN) therapy is a technique that uses a thin filament needle designed to be inserted into the skin and treat underlying neural, muscular and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.

How does dry needling work?

FDN treatments target trigger points, which are typically taut bands in skeletal muscle, more commonly referred to as "knots" that cause pain. In treating the trigger points, we help restore the body structure and function leading to improved physical activity and participation.

Providers of functional dry needling treatment and their location:

UnityPoint Clinic Physical Therapy - Urbandale

Kelan Krohe

Adam Van Der Molen, D.P.T. at UNityPoint Health - Des Moines

Adam Van Der Molen

Aaron Heffernan, D.P.T. at UNityPoint Health - Des Moines

Aaron Heffernan

UnityPoint Health Physical Therapy - West

Jana Kray, CEES, MPT

Jana Kray
CEES, Certified Blankenship, MPT

Amy Carnahan

Frequently Asked Questions About Functional Dry Needling

What can be treated using functional dry needling?

A wide variety of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular issues can be treated with dry needle treatment, which includes but are not limited to:

  • Shoulder, neck, leg and hip pain
  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Muscle strains
  • Groin strain
  • Hamstring strain
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Overuse injuries/tendonitis/bursitis
  • Lateral and medial epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • ITB syndrome

Is functional dry needling the same as acupuncture?

No. Acupuncture is a treatment of Eastern Oriental medicine and seeks to alter the flow of energy ("Qi") along with traditional meridians for various diseases or conditions. Functional dry needling is an intervention based on treating pain and dysfunction in musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders to improve overall physical function.

Is functional dry needling painful?

Most people do not feel the insertion of the dry needle into the skin, but once the needle penetrates the muscle, the patient will describe a "cramping" sensation or a "deep ache" within the muscle being treated. The goal of each dry needling treatment is to elicit a localized twitch response of the muscle.

What can I expect after dry needling treatment?

Symptoms may feel heightened for approximately 24-48 hours, including localized soreness, bruising, and muscle fatigue. It can be common to feel "loopy", tired or nauseous, but this is a normal response from dry needle therapy that resolves within a few hours.

Is dry needling safe?

Yes. We go to great lengths to ensure safety. Our Physical Therapists have all passed their necessary board exams, and have an exhaustive understanding of anatomy. We apply OSHA standards, use personal protective equipment, use sterile needles, and proudly hold to the highest standards of safety. If you are pregnant, it is safe to have functional dry needling performed following your first trimester.

What else should I know about dry needling?

If you're receiving dry needling treatment, here are a few more tips you should know:

  • It is important to stay hydrated for the next 24-48 hours following treatment.
  • Use ice or heat to help reduce the soreness.
  • Continue with any light stretches your physical therapist has shown you.
  • Massage the treated area to help reduce soreness.