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Therapeutic Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscles, and connective tissues for treatment of musculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.  (APTA 2012)

Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.


Is Dry Needling different from Acupuncture?

Yes.  The similarity of acupuncture and dry needling essentially begins and ends at the needle used. The marked differences lie in the evaluative tools used by the practitioner, the assessment, application, and overall goal intended. Where as acupuncture uses “meridians” to achieve its goals, dry needling uses trigger points–sore points within the muscle–to guide treatment.


What should I expect during a dry needling treatment?

After the therapist determines the location of trigger points, treatment will begin with insertion of the sterile stainless steel needle into the muscles of the trigger point.  It is common for a local twitch response to happen within the muscle, and at times some mild discomfort that typically subsides quickly.  Immediate outcomes can vary from person to person. However, it is common that the  patient experiences rapid symptom relief and increase in functional mobility. In some cases, increased soreness to the treatment region may occur which usually subsides within 24hrs.

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. Angie H.

Austin TX


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

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