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Dry Needling: What is it, and what can it do for me?

We get a lot of questions and requests at our clinic for Dry Needling. Patients often want to know what the difference is between Dry Needling (FDN) and Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (TCM).

What is Dry Needling?

In recent years, dry needling has gained traction amongst physical therapists and chiropractors as an effective practice that elevates patient care. Dry Needling or Functional Dry Needling (FDN) is a form of treatment used mainly by chiropractors and physiotherapists to treat pain and motor disfunction in muscles by using fine needles that are inserted at trigger points into a patient.

The practitioner will insert needles at a myofascial trigger point and briefly piston the needle up and down before removal.

One of the most popular and reputable courses for Dry Needling is Kinetacore Dry Needling: This course is currently available for practicing Chiropractors, Physiotherapists or Medical Doctors.

How does it work?

Trigger points are small, tight areas of muscle that are known to cause pain throughout larger muscle areas also known as “myofascial pain syndrome.” Dry Needling works by stimulating the selected trigger point to release the tightened muscle resulting in pain relief and increased muscle function.

This helps normalize muscle function and speed up rehabilitation.

Does it hurt?

Typically the insertion of the needle will produce little discomfort. When a muscle is shortened and “tight” with active trigger points, the patient may feel a sensation similar to a muscle cramp when the needle hits a trigger point. This is called the “twitch response”, and is effective at alleviating muscle tension. Many patients who recognize the effectiveness of Dry Needling welcome this “trigger point release” as they experience a reduction in pain and increase in range of motion.

Why is Dry Needling beneficial?

The dry needling procedure offers an new and alternative treatment to people suffering with myofascial pain.

The insertion procedure is very quick and relatively painless.

Patients are left with only slight soreness afterwards, compared to more invasive and painful procedures.

The treatment can also be used in conjunction with other physical therapies as part of a well-rounded and comprehensive treatment plan.

What is the difference between Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Dry Needling?

It is important to note that dry needling and acupuncture are not the same thing!

While both treatments involve the insertion of fine needles into the body, the practices have different applications and produce different results.

Notable differences include:

  • Acupuncture is rooted in Traditional Chinese medicine while Dry Needling is based on the neuro-musculoskeletal system. Treatment with Dry Needling is done based on the patient’s orthopaedic examination.
  • Acupuncture uses needling locations that are based off of Traditional Chinese meridians, while Dry Needling is based off of functional locations addressing motor points.
  • Acupuncture reduces pain and restores “chi” and energy balance while Dry Needling resets muscles in addition to reducing pain.

What can Dry Needling be used for?

Dry Needling can be used to treat a variety of injuries including:

  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • Chronic Lower back pain
  • Cervicogenic Headaches
  • Hamstring Strains
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Medial Epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Patelofemoral syndrome
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Groin Strains
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Impingement Syndromes

Major areas of focus include the shoulders, neck, back and hips.

If Dry Needling is of interest to you, contact our office for an initial appointment and assessment.

Kinetic Edge offers Dry Needling in Ottawa as part of our chiropractic services by Dr. Joanna Taylor.

Dr. Taylor holds many certifications in Dry Needling and Neurofunctional Acupuncture, including Kinetacore Dry Needling (FDN), Advanced Neurofunctional Acupuncture (McMaster University), Contemporary Medical Acupuncture (McMaster University) and Motor Point Acupuncture (Exstore System). Visit or call 613-680-7966 to book!

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McMaster Neurofunctional Acupuncture:

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Rolf Method For Chronic Stress

Richard Stannard completed his Rolf Method of Structural Integration Certification at the Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado. He is also a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).

What is Rolf Method of Structural Integration?

Rolf Method of Structural Integration focuses on correcting the positioning of myofacial layers in the body. It is therefore able to affect the body’s posture and spinal curvatures. Rolf Method creates more efficient muscle use and restores proper patterns of movement. Rolf Method has also been shown to significantly reduce chronic stress, reduce spinal curvature in subjects with lordosis (sway back), and enhance neurological functioning.

Which Conditions can be treated with Rolf Method?

Rolf Method of Structural Integration is often used by athletes to break up scar tissue, increase range of motion to improve performance and avoid future injuries. It is also used as a way to avoid repetitive stress injuries and to improve postural strains. The specialists are considered fascia specialists and the technique is very effective at treating chronic injuries. Rolf Method of Structural Integration is very effective at treating chronic conditions, including sciatic nerve pain and piriformis syndrome by releasing the connective tissue around the impinged nerve. It can also help ease discomfort and tension associated with scoliosis.

How is Rolf Method different from massage?

Massage Therapy is typically used to improve muscle tension in specific areas, and is often used for acute injuries or muscle strains. Rolf Method is aimed at improving body alignment and functioning and focuses more on the connective tissues. Rolf Method is different from deep-tissue massage, in that practitioners are trained to create overall ease and balance throughout the entire structure, rather than focusing on areas presenting with tension. As the connective tissue becomes more organized, chronic strain patterns are alleviated, and pain and stress decreases. Rolf Method can speed up injury recovery by reducing pain, stiffness and muscle tension; improving movement and circulation around joints; and attending to both the injury and any secondary pain that may develop from favoring the injury.
Structural integration is generally performed over a series of ten sessions. This approach allows the Rolfer to affect the client’s structure in a methodical manner. This includes loosening superficial fascia before working deeper areas, improving support in feet and legs before affecting higher structures, and helping clients find ways to benefit from freer movement in their daily activities.


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Physiotherapy and Laser Therapy

Starting June 26, Physiotherapy and Laser Therapy will be available at Kinetic Edge! The clinic welcomes Registered Physiotherapist Rohit Rajput and Licensed Laser Therapist Lindsay Mullen. 
Rohit specializes in concussion recovery and sports injury treatment, and Lindsay has a special interest in Bioflex Laser for arthritis, treating TMJ and managing acute pain. 
Appointments are offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7-11 AM.
The following treatments will be available: 

Physiotherapy: Initial Assessment (60 minutes), 30 minute and 20 minute follow-up appointments.
Laser Therapy: 1 hour, 45 minute and 30 minute appointments.
Book online or call 613-680-7966.

Massage Therapy in Ottawa

3 Types Massage Therapy Worth Trying

Massage therapy can be a great tool for relieving pain, treating soft-tissue injuries and maintaining fitness in athletes. Today’s blog post will feature three unique massage therapy treatments that you may not have heard of.

Thai Massage

Thai Massage is a full-body massage that blends yogic stretching, fascial stretch therapy, acupressure, t’ai chi breath work and meditation. By resetting resting muscle length and relieving unhealthy tension, patients benefit from an increased range of motion, stimulated blood circulation and fatigue, swelling and headache relief. Thai Massage can either be performed on a floor mat or on a massage table and is ideal for patients looking for a full-body treatment that includes elements of stretching and deep tissue massage.

Thai Massage
Thai Massage
Warm Bamboo Massage
Warm Bamboo Massage

Warm Bamboo Massage

Warm Bamboo Massage is a unique therapy that utilizes heat, rolling and kneading motions to provide deep tissue massage to a patient. Heated bamboo sticks are manipulated by the massage therapist to roll and knead out muscle and fascia tension, while radiating heat increases relaxation and releases tension. The deep tissue application of bamboo massage produces long-lasting results and increases an overall sense of well-being for the patient.

Bamboo Cuppiung

Cupping therapies are one of the latest health trends to hit the market and have gained a following from high-profile athletes such as Michael Phelps. Bamboo Cupping is a version of cupping therapy which uses hollowed bamboo cups to create suction on localized area of the skin. Benefits can include treating pain, reducing scar tissue and increased blood flow, encouraging healing.

At Kinetic Edge HG we offer therapy in Thai Massage, Warm Bamboo Massage and Bamboo Cupping at our central Ottawa location. Massage Therapy appointments can be booked online at or in-person by calling 613-680-7966.

Bamboo Cuppiung
Bamboo Cuppiung

How can Shockwave Benefit You?

For athletes, repeated stress on joints and ligaments can cause nagging, painful injuries particularly around tendons and insertions. The repetitive strain can limit physical activity and make running, painful and difficult. Common conditions that are associated with this include plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow rotator cuff tendinitis and, achilles tendonitis.  For injuries of this nature, shockwave therapy has proven to be an effective treatment.

RMT Richard Stannard, treating a patient with shockwave therapy at Kinetic Edge.

Shockwave or extracorporeal shockwave therapy, is a relatively new form of therapy that delivers small micro-traumas to affected areas using shockwave technology that emits high energy sound waves.  This initiates a healing response within the corresponding tissue,  stimulating blood flow and delivering nutrients to the damaged tendon.  Shockwave therapy has been proven to reduce chronic inflammation, adhesions and fibrosis while increasing collagen formation.  For conditions such as plantar fasciitis, this produces increased elasticity and flexibility alongside a decrease in pain.  The procedure is non-invasive and takes less than an hour to complete per treatment.

Shockwave therapy in Ottawa is offered at Kinetic Edge Health Group. Patients generally respond well within four to six treatment sessions when seeking treatment for plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, rotator cuff tendinitis, calcific tendinitis or tennis elbow.  When combining shockwave with Graston technique, ice and corrective exercise, healing takes place even faster.  Shockwave’s fast and effective treatment makes it an ideal therapy for athletes dealing with fitness related injuries in Ottawa. This treatment can often be covered under your private insurance benefits.

Let us help you get back to your best, contact Kinetic Edge HG Ottawa for more information.

Dr. Joanna Taylor