Dry Needling

"Dry Needling Is One Of The Most Effective Tools In Treating Patients With Muscle Tightness, Nerve Irritation, Swelling and Pain"


Dry Needling is one of the best physical therapy modalities for pain, inflammation, muscle tightness and nerve irritation. 

At Impact Physical Therapy we have been performing dry needling to hundreds of patients just like yourself throughout the Glendale, Peoria, Scottsdale, and Phoenix area.  

How Effective is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is the most effective modalities a physical therapist can use in treating soft tissue dysfunction. Dry needling is a highly skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.

Does Dry Needling Hurt?

At least 80% of our needling is painless or with minimal pain sensation. This is the most effective and painless technique performed.

How is Dry Needling Different than Acupuncture?

Although both techniques use very fine, sterile needles that are inserted into various parts of the body, it is important to note the distinct differences.

Physical Therapists do not claim to practice acupuncture, and it would be incorrect to refer to a practitioner of dry needling as an “Acupuncturist” since dry needling practitioners do not use Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concepts.

  • We do not use TCM acupuncture theories, meridian acupoints, and terminology.
  • We do not use TCM ancient meridian systems, such as Qi (Chi) or energy channels.
  • We do not use TCM acupuncture diagnostic techniques like tongue and pulse assessments.
  • We treat primarily nueromusculoskeletal conditions, where a TCM practitioner works on balancing whole body systems.

Would Dry Needling Help My Symptoms?

A comprehensive and individualized evaluation by a Doctor of Physical Therapy to create a musculoskeletal diagnosis based on an individualized and holistic approach will be essential in identifying if dry needling is appropriate for you.

Here are just a few common areas that Dry Needling can fix:

  • Acute and chronic tendonitis
  • Athletic and sports-related overuse injuries
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Post-traumatic injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and work related injuries
  • Headaches and whiplash
  • Lower back pain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatic Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • TMJ
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis

CrossFit athletes, runners, cyclists, golfers and active individuals from Glendale, Peoria, Phoenix, and Scottsdale come to Impact Physical Therapy for Integrative Dry Needling for a painless, highly effective and safe approach.

About Dr. Eric Hefferon

Dr. Eric Hefferon received his advanced doctorate degree in physical therapy from the innovative A.T. Still University. He has been practicing in the west valley for 6 years and has made strong ties to local gyms and medical practitioners. Dr. Hefferon started Impact Physical Therapy due to his passion for an individualized healthcare approach. He knew by creating a clinic that was out of network he could help give patients the results they deserve. His treatment style attracts patients from all over the valley and even out of state. People will travel to seek Dr. Hefferon’s solutions!

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