SVMC Outpatient Rehabilitation Offers Dry Needling
Ashley Jowett
/ Categories: NEWS, 2022

SVMC Outpatient Rehabilitation Offers Dry Needling

BENNINGTON, VT— March 16, 2022—Michael Fredette, DPT, CSCS, Cert. DN, a physical therapist in the Outpatient Rehabilitation department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), has completed a 54-hour, two-part advanced certification for performing dry needling.

Dry needling, also known as trigger point dry needling and myofascial trigger point dry needling, helps patients who are experiencing pain in their muscles or connective tissues. Muscles sometimes develop knotted areas that are sensitive or painful when touched. The pain can be transferred to other parts of the body and sometimes change the way patients move.

Practitioners of dry needling stimulate the muscle tissue by pushing solid acupuncture-type needles through the skin into the knotted areas. No medication is delivered through the needle. The procedure itself helps change the muscle’s interaction with the nervous system and can help patients feel better and move more naturally. Dry needling can also address low back pain, knee arthritis, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

The rigorous certification required Fredette to demonstrate skills and standards-meeting activities through the completion of practical assessment via instructors at each course. The certification provides assurance that patients will receive a reliable and competent dry needling treatment at SVMC.

Fredette earned his bachelor’s in Health Sciences from Castleton State College in 2008. He went on to receive his doctorate of Physical Therapy from Sage Graduate School in Troy, NY, in 2012, when he began working with inpatients at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.  He transitioned to Outpatient Therapy in 2016. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and Certified Clinical Instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association.

Those interested in pursuing dry needling as part of their physical therapy treatment plan may be referred to Fredette by their physician or healthcare provider. The treatment is covered by some insurances. It is recommended that patients check with their insurance prior to receiving this treatment. Dry needling is performed in the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department, located in the Toolan Building on the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center campus. Patients should call 802-447-5140 for more information.

About SVHC:
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent, health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialty care practices.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care is among the most lauded small rural health systems in the nation. It is the recipient of the American Hospital Association’s 2020 Rural Hospital Leadership Award. SVMC ranked fourth nationwide for the value of care it provides by the Lown Institute Hospital Index and has received the highest marks possible from the Leapfrog Group. 

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center provides exceptional care without discriminating on the basis of an individual’s age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Language assistance services, free of charge, are available at 1-800-367-9559.

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