Donalsonville Hospital’s Dr. Jamaca Coachman, DPT, MDNC, is now fully certified to provide and administer Dry Needling therapeutic services.
Having your medical doctor write a prescription for these services is the only requirement to begin this new and innovative rehab therapy offered now by Donalsonville Hospital and Dr. Coachman.
What is Dry Needling? Dry needling is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into myofascial trigger points (painful knots in muscles), tendons, ligaments or around nerves in order to stimulate a healing response in painful musculoskeletal conditions. Dry needling is not acupuncture or Oriental medicine; that is, it does not have the purpose if the altering the flow of energy (“Qi”) along traditional Chinese meridians for treatment of disease. In fact, dry needling is a modern, science-based intervention for the treatment of pain and dysfunctional in musculoskeletal conditions such as neck pain, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, knee pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis or low back pain. Dry needling is a valuable and effective treatment for musculoskeletal pain. Like any treatment, there are possible complications.
While complications are rare in occurrence, they are real and must be considered prior to giving consent for treatment. Dry needling is contraindicated for patients who are pregnant, afraid of needles, or for those with a compromised immune system. Some of the side effects of dry needling include but are not limited to stiffness, bruising, fainting or fatigue.
Dry needling is only performed by licensed certified dry needling specialist in the state of Georgia.