While Dr. Cooper is trained in both acupuncture and dry needle therapy, there are some differences that should be pointed out. Dry needling got its name from the premier trigger point researcher, Janet Travell, M.D. When she was performing her research to ascertain which solution is best to inject into trigger points, her control groups received a “dry” injection (one without any solution at all).
To her surprise, many of these patients got significant relief. When Dr. Cooper read her text 25 years ago he began placing acupuncture needles into tender points in symptomatic muscles and observed significant success in many cases. Although dry needling and acupuncture both utilize acupuncture needles to effect the treatment, dry needling does not attempt to treat internal organ dysfunction or balance acupuncture meridians as traditional acupuncture does. After he was trained and certified in acupuncture he began combining both techniques as the individual case required. Shortly afterwards, he attended all of the Neural Therapy seminars taught by Deitrich Klinghardt, M.D., Ph. D.
Now Dr. Cooper combines all three techniques in order to achieve the highest healing response possible and may put needles into muscles, tendons, ligaments, connective tissue, acupuncture points or scar tissue as the patient’s condition warrants. The combination of these techniques has proven effective in most orthopedic diagnoses.