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Therapeutic Dry Needling in Austin TX

Mobile Physical Therapy: Therapeutic Dry Needling

Dry needling is when a thin needle is used to penetrate the skin to stimulate underlying muscles and tissues to treat pain and impaired movements. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.

Mobile Physical Therapy: Therapeutic Dry Needling

Dry needling is when a thin needle is used to penetrate the skin to stimulate underlying muscles and tissues to treat pain and impaired movements. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.

If you suffer from headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, strains/sprains, tennis elbow, back pain, or knee pain, dry needling can help you! Your next question is probably: wait, isn’t this just like acupuncture? They do both use needles, but how they address pain points are very different. Acupuncture uses energy flows in the body while dry needling pinpoints those muscles that are causing you problems. If you find that you have pain that limits your movements, dry needling is a great solution for you.

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While you prepare for your dry needling appointment, why not work on some exercises to decrease your pain?

Check out our Seven Secrets to Ease Your Neck Pain Free PDF Download. Learn why you’re suffering with an achy neck and how to fix it with some simple, manual exercises you can do at home by yourself. Say goodbye to stiffness and headaches after sitting at your desk all day!

During your dry needling mobile physical therapy visit…

One of our physical therapists will conduct a detailed evaluation to determine the root cause of your pain. Once we figure out what’s bothering you, we will start by inserting very thin needles into the muscle that’s causing you pain. There might be a slight twitch or the sensation of a small muscle cramp at first, but that passes within a few seconds.

 

That’s it! It’s quick and simple. You may experience some soreness after the visit, but you will begin to see less pain and an increase in your range of motion. Your physical therapist will continue to evaluate you during each mobile physical therapy visit to continue to address pain points.

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Hear what our patients have to say:

I am in my late 40s and had thought my days of playing tennis might be over. I was diagnosed by an orthopedist of having “classic tennis elbow” when I was unable to even pick up a coffee cup. The pain was excruciating. The doctor gave me couple of cortisone shots, which helped temporarily for a few months, but as the pain came back I wanted to find a solution other than cortisone shots if possible. I was not even aware tennis elbow was treatable but I stopped by Eric, who had helped me with some PT on a left shoulder I had mildly injured a couple years previous, to if there was anything else that could be done. Eric strongly encouraged me to stay away from cortisone shots and try dry needling as well as some therapeutic exercises as well as work on my right shoulder, since it is all connected. Dry needling was the greatest thing I have ever experienced for my elbow. And with that, plus the exercises, my tennis game is as strong as ever and I have even placed in several local tournaments. I also appreciate Eric’s thorough knowledge of human anatomy and how the ligaments and tendons work together and his ability to isolate the problem areas. I continue to use Eric intermittently on an as needed basis, but I could not be more thrilled with the results from working with him.
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Angie H.
Austin, TX

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Dry Needling FAQs

Yes! The only thing they really have in common is that they use a needle. Acupuncture uses what’s known as meridians that are energy paths in the body. Dry needling uses trigger points to guide treatment; trigger points like sore places on muscles.

  • Headaches
  • Cervical pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Strains/sprains of ankle, low back, and neck
  • Tennis and Golfer’s elbow
  • Chronic lumbar pain
  • ITB syndrome

One of our physical therapists will figure out your trigger points — also known as pain points — and then insert a sterile, stainless steel needling into the muscle that’s causing you problems. It’s pretty normal for your muscle to twitch a bit here, and that might cause some mild discomfort, but it passes quickly. Patients tend to experience rapid symptom relief and increased mobility after appointments; there might be some initial soreness after your appointment, but that will subside after 24 hours.

We get it. You hear needles and don’t have a great feeling about it. Don’t worry! The needles are very thin filament needles. In fact, they are so thin that most patients don’t feel much when the needle first enters the skin. For comparison, getting a flu shot or getting blood drawn causes much more pain. When the needle hits the target muscle that’s causing you problems, there might be a sensation similar to a small muscle cramp, but that only lasts about 15-30 seconds.

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