SOLON -- Kathleen Beard has a nerological condition that causes debilitating headaches, so much so she had to quit her job.
"I wasn't able to work because my mind can't function very well with the dystonia," says Kathleen.
Her cervical dystonia causes her neck muscles to contract involuntarily, often causing her head to tilt to one side.
To ease the pain she tried a different approach, a technique called Trigger Point Dry Needling.
"Immediately the headache was gone," says Kathleen.
While it looks like acupuncture, it's not.
"Traditional Chinese medicine, or acupuncture, doesn't necessarily follow nerve paths. They follow meridians which are much different," says Rehabilitex physical therapist Frank Gargano.
Instead of following merdians, Dr. Gargano puts his needles in trigger points to help soft tissue or muscularskeletal pain.
"A trigger point is a small area in a muscle, a dysfunctional area in the muscle that limits range of motion, produces pain and reduces muscle performance" says Gargano.
Jim Rogerson had to stop running because of plantar faciitis. He thought the needles might work for him as well.
"It's made some huge progress for me," says Jim.
Gargano adds, "Athletes, the elderly, even children can benefit. Any type of muscular skeletal pain will benefit from it."
It doesn't work for everyone, but it is a drug-free option that certainly helped Jim and Kathleen.
"It's changed my life. It has because I've gotten my life back to a certain degree," says Kathleen.