Dry needling is a more modern form of treatment in the physical therapy world. Muscles can form knotted areas on your back, shoulders and other areas that are called trigger points. Trigger points are highly sensitive areas that can be painful when touched. When this happens, one of our physical therapists inserts a filiform (acupuncture) needle in various areas of knotted muscle. In this technique, the therapist focuses on releasing trigger points, which helps relieve pain, improve flexibility, and increase range of motion. 

Pain can affect the way your body moves, but dry needling can change the way your brain and muscles talk to one another to return to a more normal movement pattern and ease pain. When experiencing a dry needle treatment a patient can feel muscle soreness, aching, and twitches which are all considered normal and a good sign that the treatment is working. Needles can be placed for a short or long period of time depending on the severity of the pain. Dry needling is usually not used on it's own and is included in more therapy of different kinds. It is used to increase range of motion that is limited due to scar tissue or muscle tightness. People who are afraid of needles, pregnant, or do not understand this type of treatment should not have dry needling as part of their rehab. You should consult your doctor if you are taking blood thinners and are recently recovering from surgery if you are considering dry needling. Some of the ares that we have treated at our Leander physical therapy office are as follows:

  • Migraines and tension headaches

  • Whiplash

  • Night cramps

  • Joint problems

  • Tendinitis

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  •  Phantom pain

  • Spinal pains


Dry needling and acupuncture both use needles to the skin for therapeutic purposes. They both aim to relieve pain but are very different practices. Acupuncture uses needles to affect the nervous system and release endorphins to align a person's energy. Dry needling uses pressure points in muscles and knots to release tension. Dry needling is a newer practice and is designed to relieve pain in sore muscles and tightness that those muscles are experiencing. When a needle is inserted into that knot or trigger point, it releases the tension in that muscle and surrounding muscles. It can also improve someone's flexibility. The needles used contain no liquid and nothing is injected into the body. Usually the needle is left in the muscle for a period of time but other methods used are the non-trigger points technique and the in and out technique. The prior technique is performed by inserting needles around the pressure point instead of in it. The in and out technique inserts a needle into the pressure point and removes it right away. The most common and effective method that we use at our clinic is leaving the filiform needle in the pressure point or knot for a period of time determined by the severity of the pain. Dry needling has been an effective way to relieve pain and increase flexibility in our patients. When you come into our clinic we will determine together if this type of therapy would be effective for your recovery and create a plan that you feel comfortable with. Whether you're local to Leander or looking for dry needling Austin, call us today to book an appointment and let us get started on your recovery.

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