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Dry Needling Now Offered Near You

Dry Needling Now Offered Near You

Dry needling is a relatively new treatment option in the US, having only been around for 30 years or so, but it’s popularity is rapidly rising due to the numerous benefits it provides for pain relief and range of motion.

What is dry needling?
In simple terms, dry needling is a safe and effective way to ease muscle pain. The technique involves thin needles, similar to those used in acupuncture, to pinpoint trigger points and tight knots that cause pain. Because of it’s ability to loosen stiff muscles, ease joint pain, and improve blood flow and oxygen circulation, dry needling can provide positive results for those who are trying to relieve pain, enhance sports performance, recover faster from an injury, or prevent and reduce chronic pain.

Dry Needling Now Offered Near YouDry needling can relieve acute and chronic pain:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Muscle spasms, strains and sprains
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Calf, shin, and knee pain
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Pelvic pain
  • Myofascial pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic pain
  • Movement disorders

Dry Needling Now Offered Near YouBenefits of Dry Needling

Relieve Pain and Muscle Tightness
Think of dry needling as a way to “reset” your muscles. A physical therapist can identify the knots and trigger points that are causing you pain and use dry needling to help restore the muscle back to its normal length. In addition, the needles will reduce inflammation, tension, and pressure on the muscle. Once the muscle has relaxed you will experience pain relief and improved blood flow.

Improved Range of Motion
Why is range of motion so important? Let’s say you’re an athlete or even a hobbyist who enjoys gardening or golfing – either way, you’re always moving. You put a lot of stress on your joints, muscles, and in some cases, certain parts of the body encounter repetitive stress in the same area. Relaxed muscles that aren’t tight are able to move freely and extend farther – increasing the range of motion.

Speed Up Recovery
Anytime you suffer an injury, the recovery process can be the hardest part. Some injuries require longer periods of recovery than other, but no matter the amount of time, the end goal is to get back to full strength as quickly as possible. Experience has shown that patients who have undergone dry needling, compared to other treatment options, have experienced a faster healing process in regards to pain relief and range of motion.Dry Needling Now Offered Near YouWe recently hosted a dry needling course at our Wayland clinic, where therapists learned additional techniques and benefits of the treatment.

How is dry needling different from acupuncture?

Some people associate dry needling with acupuncture, and while the two practices use the same type of needles, the similarities stop there. Physical therapists who practice dry needling are releasing tension from knots and pressure points in the muscle. Acupuncturists insert needles to release endorphins and affect the nervous system. Traditionally, acupuncture is used to align a person’s energy, or chi.

Schedule a dry needling appointment

Are you ready to give dry needling a try, or do you want to learn more? We’re now accepting new patients at each of our clinics. In some cases this service can be billed directly to your insurance company, and cash based appointments start as low as $30. If you have questions as to which option you would qualify for, contact the clinic nearest you.  If you are experiencing pain you can schedule a complimentary consultation with a physical therapist near you by clicking here.

Northern Physical Therapy is offering dry needling services in Allendale, Cedar Springs, Caledonia, Coopersville, Comstock Park / Grand Rapids, Grant, Norton Shores / Muskegon, Lowell, Sparta, and Wayland.




Lip Sync Challenge 2018

In honor of National Physical Therapy month we decided it was a great opportunity to showcase our personalities and offer you a little entertainment in the process. Be sure to vote for your favorite video. The winning clinic gets nothing more than bragging rights, but around here, that’s worth quite a bit.

Allendale :: Hot N Cold

Caledonia :: Can't Stop the Feeling!

Cedar Springs :: All About That Bass

Comstock Park :: Eye of the Tiger

Coopersville :: Bye Bye Bye

Norton Shores :: Good Vibrations Mash Up

Sparta :: International Harvester

Wayland :: Rehab Mash Up

Howell :: Leaps

Leaps and Bounds Therapy in Howell, MI is a member of the Ivy Rehab network, just like Northern. The Operations Director at this clinic is Lisa Otterbein-Bolek.

Muskegon :: Part of Your World Mash Up

Generation Care in Muskegon, MI is a member of the Ivy Rehab network, just like Northern.

With over 1800 votes the winning clinic was NORTON SHORES! Congratulations to Michelle Hertel and her talented team – they officially rocked this challenge!

Can A Positive Attitude Help The Healing Process?

Can A Positive Attitude Help The Healing Process?

Do you believe in the power of a positive attitude when it comes to recovery? Karen showed us day after day just how far her invincible spirit would take her. We’re so pleased that we could play a part in her story.

When Karen suffered a rotator cuff injury that required surgery, it could have had a permanent impact on her life. She had been living with pain for some time, so our ultimate goal was to get her feeling as good as she did before the injury. Range of motion and pain levels were a concern, and closely monitored. We wanted to be sure that we were not simply there as Karen’s physical therapy clinic, but as a vital part of her healthcare team. We connected on the things that mattered most to her – caring for her family, serving her church, and her community. In addition, Karen is a skilled and avid woodworker and it was important to get her back to successfully crafting this art form.

Can A Positive Attitude Help The Healing Process?The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround your shoulder joint. Their job is to keep your upper arm bone firmly in your shoulder socket. A rotator cuff injury can cause shoulder pain, especially when you are trying to sleep on the injured side.

Throughout her time at Northern, Karen had an invincible spirit. Her always-positive approach made her a joy to work with, and it made a big difference in her success.

“Karen fought hard to recover despite significant pain,” explains David Sefton, Cedar Springs Clinic Director and Physical Therapist. “I’m confident that Karen’s outlook on recovery, and life in general, impacted the outcome of her situation. When a patient has a negative attitude and lack of self determination, it takes a toll on the recovery process. With Karen, there was never a doubt that she would get through her rotator cuff injury and be stronger than ever.”

Karen initially visited our Cedar Springs clinic for low back pain. A positive outcome on that treatment plan led her back to Northern when she needed physical therapy once again. Upon discharge, Karen’s range of motion had significantly increased and her ability to handle tasks at home was back to the level it was prior to her rotator cuff injury. Our team adored Karen and her always-positive attitude throughout her entire treatment process. That’s why we were delighted to hear from her nearly a year after being discharged. Luckily, she had not suffered another injury, but simply wanted to give us a update on her condition.

“While time has lapsed since my participation in your offered services, my impressions and gratitude have not diminished. In fact, with the passing of time, I’m more aware of my gains and delighted that time was taken to invest in the my positive recovery.”

We asked Karen how she felt about the team at our Cedar Springs clinic. While she understood that a part of her recovery was self-directed, she felt that without the lead and influential encouragement of the therapists, her success would have been minimal. She added, “The compassionate qualities and exceptional dedication of your team members exemplify and give meaningful motivation for the patient to achieve the gains and differences when seeking an advantageous/progressive result.”

Can A Positive Attitude Help The Healing Process?

Our Cedar Springs physical therapists treat patients of all ages, with all types of conditions. David Sefton is pictured left with a pediatric patient; Diana Painter is pictured right with one of our athlete/sports rehab patients.

At the end of the day, stories like Karen’s are why we do what we do.
“I am a physical therapist because I believe that people matter,” explains Sefton. “Each of us is born with a dignity that can’t be erased. In the relationships we build, the care we provide, and the tools we offer them in their rehab process, we affirm this. I love to see that my patients are able to get back to doing the things that matter most to them, and quite often, they are getting back to a role that allows them to serve those around them better. I am honored to walk with them in that process of healing and restoration.”

Whether you are suffering from a rotator cuff injury, shoulder pain, or have an upcoming surgery, consider a team of therapists who will always be on your side. You too can be empowered to live the life you were always meant to.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our therapists, you can do so, free of charge. Click here for more information.


Allendale > 6173 Lake Michigan Dr.
Caledonia > 9321 Cherry Valley
Cedar Springs > 308 S. Main
Comstock Park > 4615 W. River Dr.
Coopersville > 25 Conran
Grant > 17615 W. Moore
Lowell > 2050 W. Main
Norton Shores > 6022 Harvey
Sparta > 31 Ida Red
Wayland > 709 West Superior


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