Keeping Austin Active and Pain-Free with Dry Needling
Dry needling is the use of thin filiform needles (acupuncture needles) placed carefully into the muscle belly to release a trigger point. Usually a “twitch response” is elicited, causing short term soreness; yet patients report of reduced muscle spasms, reduced pain, improved joint mobility and improved athletic performance. Sessions can vary from 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the patient’s need.Make An Appointment
TOP 3 PAIN PATTERNS WE TREAT
1. NECK AND SHOULDER PAIN
Let’s face it. Stress and poor posture are the main reasons for trigger points along the neck and shoulders. If you have tried pain creams, chiropractic adjustments, or massages and you still have pain, try dry needling. Most patients feel a big difference after ONE treatment.
2. LOW BACK PAIN Trigger points along the muscles of the lumbar spine can sometimes refer to different areas of the body and cause common pain syndromes similar sciatica and other nerve impingement patterns. Studies show that the quadratus lumborum, psoas and thoracolumbar muscles develop fascial tightness and need to be released. If you have a true disc herniation, dry needling the muscles supporting your back can help improve your core and back stability.
3. BUTTOCK and LEG PAIN Repeated poor lower body mechanics fatigues the muscles and it shows up as Gluteus medius or Minimus syndrome. The pain is dull and achy and sometimes even leads to knee pain. When foam rolling and yoga stretches are just not cutting it, try dry needling! Dry needling along the Glut Med, glut min and down the ITBand helps tremendously. It can sound a little scary, but the needles are as thin as a hair. Bleeding does not happen often..
What Other Conditions Can Dry Needling Help?
- Tension headaches
- IT Band syndrome
- Low back pain
- Carpal Tunnel syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shoulder Tendonitis
- Patellar tendonitis
- Tennis Elbow/ Golfers Elbow
Your first visit will include:
- Quick evaluation
- Up to 20 needles inserted along (possibly above and below the affected area)
- Electrical stimulation connected to the needles
- Contract and relax techniques to get the muscle to reset
- Home Exercise Program
What Are The Benefits of Dry Needling?
- Increases blood flow to the muscle
- Reduces muscle spasm
- Facilitates more muscle to fire
- Improves range of motion