Rehabilitation Services at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Offers Dry Needling

Dry needling team

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital offers dry needling services to outpatient rehabilitation patients.

Dry needling is a form of Western Medicine primarily used to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction by penetrating trigger points in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. APD’s physical therapists offer dry needling to patients who want to decrease pain, increase blood flow, increase range of motion, or improve muscle function.

“Dry needling is another tool to help remediate or lessen someone’s pain. It is usually combined with strengthening and manual techniques into a collaborative, personalized program for each patient,” said Kirsten Eastman, Manager of Rehabilitation and Occupational Health at APD. “We are pleased to include dry needling in our wide range of advanced physical therapy services. Our goal is to improve a patient’s life one day at a time to allow patients to reach their highest level of functional performance.”

Stephanie McSwain, DPT and Monique Fong, DPT successfully completed the Structure & Function Education Certification Program for dry needling.

“I firmly believe dry needling is a modality able to help speed up healing to the injury site and reduce pain,” McSwain said. “Certification is important to ensure the clinician has the proper technique and knowledge to perform dry needling safely.”

A doctor will refer you to a physical therapist with dry needling certification if you have a musculoskeletal issue causing pain or distraction. For more information, call APD’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at (603) 308-0601.

About Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital (APD)

Known for highly personalized and high-quality care, APD is the community hospital of the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. Founded in 1932 and a member of Dartmouth Health since 2016, APD’s areas of clinical excellence include surgical services, primary care, geriatric care, sleep health, orthopaedics, and emergency services. The APD campus is also home to a senior living community with assisted and independent living facilities. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.