Shane McClinton, D.P.T., OCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and clinician at Des Moines University Clinic, received certification in dry needling through the Janet G. Travell, MD Seminar Series from Myopain Seminars.
Dry needling is a unique treatment technique based on myofascial trigger point research that can be used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal problems as part of a comprehensive physical therapy treatment plan. It involves using a very thin needle to stimulate a positive change in a trigger point. Trigger points are irritable, hard knots in the muscles that cause pain, often in areas far away from the trigger point. Dry needling helps release tight muscle bands associated with trigger points to decrease pain and improve function.