Therapist Q & A: Wendy Pollak

By: Laura Wenger, PT, DPT, OCS

One of the many adjuncts to physical therapy that we offer in our clinic is Functional Dry Needling (FDN). Because Colorado is one of the states that offers Dry Needling in the physical therapy profession, more and more PT’s in the state are seeking out training to develop this skill as an effective treatment for many musculoskeletal conditions. One of our therapists, Wendy Pollak, PT, has been trained in this technique. I recently had the opportunity to pick her brain more about Dry Needling and why this is an important treatment technique that we offer.

Q: In one or two sentences, can you define the purpose of Functional Dry Needling?

Wendy: There are many reasons why FDN can be beneficial to patients, including increased blood flow,
decreased taut muscle banding in order to increase flexibility and motion, decreased spontaneous electrical activity at the location where nerves connect to muscles, elicited biochemical changes, as well as normalized altered concentration of neurotransmitters that may be playing a role in dysfunction. Another important thing that FDN can do is impart changes to our central nervous system in an effort to change our pain sensitivity and thresholds, therefore decreasing pain. The combined effect and goal all of these changes is decreased pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction.

Q: When did you become trained in FDN and what types of further training is in your future?

Wendy: I received Level 1 training in March of 2014, and I am about to take part in Level 2 training at the end of this month (September 2015) in order to expand my knowledge, skills, and my ability to perform FDN on more muscles of the body.

Q: What types of patients do you find FDN most beneficial for?

Wendy: FDN is very versatile. I have seen and learned about positive effects of patients suffering with many types of musculoskeletal injuries and dysfunctions, including tendinitis, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, stiffness, and headaches.

Thank you, Wendy, for answering some questions and quenching my thirst for more knowledge regarding Functional Dry Needling!

Contact our office at (970) 259-0574 to schedule an initial evaluation with Wendy in order to learn more about how FDN can help with your injury or pain.