“I can’t recommend Ron highly enough. He is professional, thorough, intuitive and very personable. I saw him initially for “frozen shoulder” that I developed from a slip and fall on a hard floor. He very patiently worked me through the process and I received a full healing of that painful mess. I have NO residual limitations while is great as I am a yoga instructor and was concerned about that.
Additionally, while seeing Ron, we also diligently worked on severe lower back pain that I had been suffering with for over 15 years. All I can say is the pain is TOTALLY gone.. I feel great and am able to be fully engaged in every aspect of my life now, PAIN FREE. I am thankful that I chose to work with Ron. He is a true blessing!!“
From minor sports injuries like pulled muscles to permanent muscle damage, dry needling has proven to be a relief method growing in popularity. Based on traditional Chinese acupuncture therapy, this new needling technique could be the pain alleviator you’ve been searching for.
There are many names for dry needling including trigger point needling, Westernized acupuncture, functional needling, intramuscular stimulation, and medical acupuncture. All employ the same principles and practices.
If you have soreness or lingering knots in certain muscles, dry needling can be an option to correct it. Candidates will have sensitive pressure points that are painful when pressed. Such conditions can arise from overuse of the muscles, accidents, or injuries.
This therapy procedure is conducted by qualified professionals using ultra-thin, sterile needles gently inserted into the tensed muscle causing it to relax. In this way, the muscle pain is alleviated.
Your body may react with an involuntary twitch which is normal and expected.
Lawyer – Orlando, FL
“Prior to scheduling an appointment at Pursuit Physical Therapy I was having terrible, incapacitating headaches that could not be relieved.
My headaches had been misdiagnosed as migraines and despite being prescribed a migraine medication, my headaches persisted and were only temporarily relieved by the medication. Seeing no relief from the medication and suspecting that these in fact were not migraines at all, I decided to schedule an appointment at Pursuit to see if there was anything they could do to help with my headaches.
From day one Dr. Ron was so kind and caring and truly wanted to get to the bottom of what was causing my headaches. Dr. Ron quickly and properly diagnosed my headaches as stemming from an issue in my neck and upper traps and was able to completely resolve my headaches. I no longer suffer from those debilitating headaches and I feel better than I have in years. Thank you Dr. Ron for all your amazing work!“
The sensation of the needle insertion sends a message along a specific path to the brain. This energy message is received by the part of the brain reacting to noxious stimuli called the thalamus. The thalamus then sends a reply to the muscle to relax or elongate back into its natural position.
This painless therapy has been known to help sufferers of:
Chronic pain patients who have not benefited from physical therapy may enjoy pain relief with ongoing dry needling sessions. Clients with chronic sore muscles or muscle tightness can also find relief. If you are unwilling to take medications such as muscle relaxers or strong prescription drugs for pain relief due to the risk of addiction, dry needling can be a safe, effective alternative.
Other benefits include increased blood flow, range of motion, and ease of muscle tension or tightness. Since this therapy is a painless, non-surgical method, it can be utilized on patients of nearly any age after minor injuries or sports mishaps, as well as patients who perform a monotonous range of motion tasks on a daily basis. These would include construction workers, athletes, teachers, hair care professionals, and more.
Here is an example of our electro dry needling knee osteoarthritis protocol that works great for patients with knee arthritis and chronic knee pain
Here is an example of electro dry needling for that annoying upper trap tightness and chronic neck pain that we all experience!
“Do You Believe in Miracles?? Over the course of my life I have suffered from a “bad back”. Most of the time I would do something that would tighten up my back and then it would put me out of commission. I would go to a doctor and they would give me the regular regimen of muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatories. After about a week of that I would be back in action.
In November 2020 I hurt my back while trying to move my daughter’s dresser away from the wall. This time the regular regimen didn’t help. I was in pain every day. I went to a neurosurgeon and he confirmed through an MRI that I had a herniated disk at L5 which was pressing against my sciatica. This was causing pain in my back, buttock and back of leg. Also “Pins and needles” feeling in my legs and feet. After a couple of months the symptoms became less severe. Although I could no longer go to the gym I was able to get through the days albeit with some stiffness and pain. In August 2021 while helping my son practice before baseball tryouts I hurt my back again, this time I felt worse than before. I decided to try and find a physical therapist as a last resort before surgery. Luckily I found Pursuit and specifically Dr. Trey Martin. From the evaluation I realized that this place was different than anywhere else, as I was the only patient there with Trey the entire time. During that same eval session Dr. Martin let me know that we would also be doing treatment that day and that he was sure that he could have me pain free in 2 weeks. I wanted so badly to believe him, but based on how I felt I thought it wasn’t possible.
I have never been so happy to be wrong! I was pain free after two treatments which was one week! I am happy to report that I am not only pain free, but my back feels better than it has felt in at least a decade. I am back in the gym and also able to ride my bike and go for runs. I can get out of bed in the morning with no pain or stiffness. I thought all of this was no longer a possibility for me. If you are suffering from back issues I would highly recommend you do yourself a favor and try out Dr. Trey Martin at Pursuit.”
If you’re a patient with chronic muscular problems not related to rotator cuff damage and the like, you can still get not only pain relief but healing benefits from dry needling. This procedure promotes blood flow and renewed life to the muscle fibers by creating a microscopic lesion. The body reacts by sending blood into the area to repair the lesion.
If you are treating a severe muscle issue with dry needling sessions, sometimes you may feel a little pain. This is nothing more than the body readjusting itself. When the muscles relax out of a tight knot there may be some discomfort involved with that but it doesn’t last long. This has nothing to do with the actual dry needling procedure but more to do with the body readjusting.
Within a few days, the soreness will subside and your body will be in much better shape than before the treatment as blood begins to flow into the muscle fibers and they begin to repair themselves.
Everyone is different so it follows that everyone’s body is different and their reactions to new therapies can vary widely. However, the vast majority of dry needling clients experience a pain-free session that eases their chronic pain.
In the case of side effects, the following have been reported:
None of the side effects last long and the payoff of chronic pain relief may be worth risking such mild side effects. You are the one to determine that.
The typical dry needling session lasts for under 30 minutes. It may be performed alone or as part of a more intensive therapy session. Therapists generally conduct the dry needling first, then add range of motion exercises or strengthening tasks to the repertoire.
This depends on the severity of the pain and the targeted areas. Typically a therapist won’t do head-to-toe treatments, especially in the beginning but rather concentrate on the most painful areas first. Generally, about a dozen needles are used in one specific target region of the body.
This of course depends greatly on each person’s body reaction and the severity of their pain. If you have a long-term pain issue it may take more sessions to iron it out. Sometimes for minor sports muscle damage, it only takes a couple of sessions.
Here is an example of our electro dry needling for rotator cuff shoulder pain that eliminates trigger points in the posterior shoulder in many of our overhead athletes
Here is an example of electro dry needling for chronic unilateral low back pain that significantly helps reduce pain and trigger points in the lumbar muscles
“I decided to see Ron at Pursuit Physical Therapy due to symptoms I had been experiencing from a neck injury I incurred six years previously.The symptoms continued to get worse over that six-year span to the point where it was impossible to enjoy a normal life. After countless hours and appointments spent with physicians all over the state each with their own opinions about what was going on with me, and all of them failing to help or even be able to create a rational results-based plan, I had virtually given up, and accepted that fact that I would be dealing with these symptoms for the rest of my life.
My wife spent a lot of time on the internet trying to find a results based physical therapist in the central Florida area. At the time I was at the point where I felt like this was pointless exercise and never thought I’d be able to live a normal life again. When she came across Ron’s website and showed me some of his videos I actually perked up and something said to me “this guy is going to help me”. His videos explained exactly what pain and symptoms I was experiencing, the cause of those symptoms, and what programs he put in place for his patients to address and fix the root causes of the symptoms. Most of the physicians I had seen previously wanted to put me on medications. New meds, old meds, and some even prescribed me experimental medications to try and get rid of my debilitating migraines etc. When I spoke to them about my situation, I could tell none of them really seemed to be listening but rather just wanted to put me on something and see their next patient.
That was how Ron was so different. During my initial evaluation Ron made me feel like I was the only person in the world that he was focused on, and really dug into the root causes of my symptoms. He showed a side of himself that I’ve only grown to know more, he truly cares about getting his patients pain free. He asked in depth questions, brought out medical books that showed exactly what was going on, and he explained to me that it was going to be a long road, but he knew he could reduce my pain. He told me how he was going to go about this, and for the first time, I knew I was seeing someone who had a plan that made sense. This was truly one of the happiest moments in my life.
Within eight sessions I felt like a completely different person and was even able to go on a vacation with my wife and her friends and enjoy my time. After being with Ron for around a year now, I would say that I am back to 90-95% of myself, and that almost all my symptoms have dissipated through stretching, strengthening, getting back to exercising on my own, and the dry needling has helped exponentially as well for my headaches and migraines. Obviously, most of Ron’s patients won’t need to see him as long as I have, but before I went to Ron, I would experience debilitating head flairs and migraines lasting for days as a result from trying to perform simple tasks such as speaking, opening any type of door, picking up any item with any sort of weight to it, watching or working on any type of screen, driving, standing from a seated position, walking, walking up and downstairs, and I also had a terrible case of vertigo that I had been dealing with for 3 years. Now my vertigo is gone, I’m driving on my own, I don’t even think about picking up items with any heft or weight to them, I don’t think about opening and closing doors, and I’m even back to running between 20-25 miles a week, and exercising at home. If anyone in my life, whether they be friends, family, or even casual acquaintances needed any type of physical therapy whether it be minor or major I wouldn’t let them go anywhere besides Pursuit Physical Therapy.
I honestly owe it to Ron for giving me my life back, and he happens on top of everything to be one of the most genuine and kind people I have ever met in my entire life. I consider him a true friend.“
In the state of Florida, physical therapists are typically the only licensed dry needling practitioners. Since dry needling is often used in combination with other physical therapy techniques, it makes sense that it would be conducted by the same therapist for convenience and affordability.
Pursuit Physical Therapy as an integrated portion of our layered chronic pain treatments. Our qualified therapists are available to provide more information about dry needling or to answer your questions.
Our physical therapy team is waiting to assist you today. Contact us to schedule a personal evaluation or to have all your questions about dry needling answered.
Solve the root cause of your pain
We believe that working with a specific specialist for your care is the best way to solve the root cause of your pain. Work one-on-one with a Doctor of Physical Therapy every time your visit our office.
While most clinics will give you a limited amount of time with your Doctor, we believe that true results come from consistent one-on-one therapy.
Stop being handed off to trainees or non-Doctors for your Physical Therapy. At Pursuit, you'll work exclusively with your Doctor of Physical Therapy that specializes in your specific needs.
Ever have an issue or questions? We're here to help. Get 24/7 access to your specialist while you're under our care. Physical Therapy doesn't just happen when you're in our clinic, so we're here for you when you need us.
Get off that waiting list and get the treatment you need. We're always ready to accept new patients, so you can get better faster and get back to a pain-free life that you deserve.
Don't let the insurance companies tell you how much treatment you need. Avoid the limitations of short sessions that insurance provides and work with our Doctors when you need it and for as long as you need it.
In order to truly solve your pain, we use a holistic approach to Physical Therapy, not relying on injections, medications, or surgery. Instead, we'll strengthen your body's weak points that are causing your pain.
Our expert PTs
DPT, OCS, Cert DN
Doctor of Physical Therapy | Board Certified Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist | Post-Doctoral Orthopaedic Residency Trained | Certified in Dry Needling
DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS, CKTP
Doctor of Physical Therapy and Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida | Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist | Board Certified Sport Clinical Specialist
DPT, Cert. DN
Doctor of Physical Therapy | Certified in Dry Needling | Pursuit Sports Performance Specialist | Professional Tennis Tour Physical Therapist
Doctor Of Physical Therapy | Dance Performance Specialist
DPT, CSCS, CPY, RYT-200
Doctor of Physical Therapy | Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist | NASM Certified Personal Trainer | RY-200 Yoga Instructor | Medical Fitness Program Director
3 easy steps
A simple phone call is all it takes to get back on track to a pain-free life. Contact our team to schedule your in-person visit and meet with a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
We’ll listen to your situation and assess your pain to determine the root cause. You’ll get a comprehensive rehab plan to work on inside and outside of our office, strengthening important muscles and improving your mobility.
Once your program is complete, get back to the activites and lifestyle that you enjoy, without the pain. We’re confident that we can get you feeling better, so we offer a money back guarantee to all of our Physical Therapy patients.