Dry Needling Therapy in Wasilla

Deeper Relief

Dry Needling

Providing relief & mobility by directly addressing the source of the restriction.

“I was having migraines and tightness in my neck. Dry needling was the only treatment that gave me results.”

Imagine the relief you get from a deep tissue massage in minutes, but lasting even longer.

When you have tightness in your muscles, it can lead to restricted movement or pain in other parts of your body. Dry needling releases the knots in your muscles by stimulating the myofascial trigger points. In other words, dry needling releases the areas that are causing pain, inflexibility, and/or weakness by going directly to the source.

One session of dry needling by one of our physical therapy experts has been reported to heal long-term chronic pain when other forms of treatment failed including surgery.

Get back to life with Northern Edge Physical Therapy.

Dry Needling Testimonials

“These folks fixed me right proper the first go ’round!”

Josh N., Dry Needling Customer

“Some days I get dry needing other days some massage which is nice to change it up a bit.”

Jessica Carter, Dry Needling Customer
“Been coming here for a 8 months using dry needling with Garrick. It has helped my shoulder better then anything in the last 10 years.”

Jacob Philbin, Dry Needling Customer

“I am getting better strength and flexibility already only after 3 visits.”

G Glarin, Dry Needling Customer

See Dry Needling In Action

After being told I had no choice but to have back surgery I went and saw Keith and his amazing group at Northern Edge in January. I am in awe of my results so far. My leg is no longer numb and dragging, I don’t have to sleep in a recliner and my ortho doc is no longer saying the words surgery. Outside the box therapy and continuing hard work has meant no pain medication and no surgery for me. I am still a work in progress but cannot say how much I love these guys!”

Mariah Jerman

Meet Dr. Garrick Harr

Garrick has helped 100’s of patients back to recovery through his expert dry needling. Garrick has always had a passion for helping others. It only took a brief job shadow to start him on the path to becoming a physical therapist. He completed Bachelors of Science Degree in Health Promotion from Canadian University College in Alberta Canada. During college, he managed to find time to play competitive hockey and become director for a local youth mentorship program.

Garrick graduated in 2006 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from Loma Linda University in California. He knew Alaska was the place to call home. He moved to Wasilla and started practicing Physical Therapy with an emphasis on Orthopedics.

Over the last decade Garrick has cared for thousands of clients in the Mat-Su Valley. He has attended hundreds of hours of continuing education, and works closely with clients to help them overcome pain and functional limits so they can return to work and get back to enjoying all that Alaska has to offer.

Garrick believes that helping people goes beyond the walls of the clinic, he has given his time volunteering for local groups such as; Family Promise, Walk for Hope, Special Olympics, and coaching local youth hockey organizations.

In his spare time he enjoys backcountry snowboarding, hockey, snow-machining, flying, and spending time in nature with his young family.

Dry Needling FAQ

Is Dry Needling similar to Acupuncture?
The only similarity to acupuncture is the use of an acupuncture needle. Dry Needling actually started with use of a hypodermic needle, except there was no infiltration or injection, hence the name dry needle. Traditional Acupuncture aims to promote health and restore “energetic balance” by stimulating certain acupuncture points found along certain meridians throughout the body. Acupuncture is one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine approach which includes diagnosis and clinical reasoning using various Chinese medicine assessment methods. Western or Medical Acupuncture also aims to stimulate acupuncture points along meridians, but applies it to western medical reasoning. Dry Needling is a therapeutic intervention based on anatomy and neurophysiology with strong scientific evidence supporting its effectiveness. The primary aim of Dry Needling is to needle altered or dysfunctional tissues in order to improve or restore function and facilitate healing.
How does Dry Needling work?
The exact mechanisms of Dry Needling are a point of on-going discovery. Dr. Janet Travell first described trigger point injections in the early 1940s. Injections were performed by injecting trigger points primarily with analgesics. Over the years it has been shown that it is not the substance that is being injected that is providing the long-term therapeutic benefit, but rather the mechanical stimulus of the needle itself. When a needle tip hits a trigger point, a characteristic ‘local twitch’ in the muscle is noted by the clinician and the client. This local twitch is involuntary. It has been shown that the elicitation of local twitch responses is the most important aspect in obtaining a successful therapeutic outcome for trigger point deactivation. There are a number of hypotheses as to the reasons why dry needling works. Dry needling and the subsequent local twitch responses may mechanically disrupt the contracted nature of the trigger point. Dry needling stimulates certain neurological sensors in the body which modulate pain signals. Dry needling and the subsequent local twitch responses can cause positive local biochemical changes and result in an increase of blood flow which enhances local tissue nutrition to enhance healing.
What type of problems can be treated?
Muscle dysfunction can be the primary or secondary contributing factor to many neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Such conditions would include repetitive stress injuries, muscle tendonitis, neck pain, headaches, knee osteoarthritis, rotator cuff impingement, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, sciatica, muscle strains, iliotibial band syndrome, patellofemoral dysfunction, and plantar fasciitis.
Is the procedure painful?
Most people do not feel the insertion of the needle. The local twitch response elicits a very brief cramping and/or deep aching sensation. Dry Needling may reproduce symptoms directly in the muscle being treated or may refer to other areas of the body. This is a form of referred pain, which is one of the hallmarks of trigger points. Elicitation of local twitch responses and recognizable referred pain is a good and desirable reaction because it confirms a possible source of dysfunction.
Are the needles sterile?
Yes, we only use the highest quality sterile disposable needles.
How long does it take for the procedure to work?
In some cases, decreased pain and improved mobility is immediate. Typically, it may take a few treatment sessions for a lasting positive effect. Again we are trying to cause mechanical, biochemical and neurological changes without any pharmacological means. Therefore, we are looking for a cumulative response to deactivate trigger points, disrupt pain and to restore optimal muscle function.
How do I know if I am a candidate?
Contact us to schedule an appointment to determine if Dry Needling would be an appropriate treatment for your injury or condition. In the State of Alaska, you may see a physical therapist without obtaining a prescription, with the exception of Medicare insurance.

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