If you suffer from chronic low back pain, you know that there are many treatment options out there. But pain medication can have dangerous side effects and even cause dependency. Surgery is rarely recommended unless other treatments have failed to provide relief, and injections don’t always provide lasting results. Dry needling is a physical therapy technique that offers an alternative treatment for low back pain without the potential for dangerous side effects.
Dry needling is included in modern acupuncture techniques and is normally performed only by licensed physical therapists. It is safe and has few side effects, if any are experienced at all. Some people may experience slight soreness or bleeding around the “injection” sites. Dry needling gets its name from the fact that the needles do not contain any medicine or other substance.
Patients can experience lasting relief from myofascial muscle pain with this release therapy. Dry needling releases trigger points in the back or other areas. Your PT will slowly insert the needle into the trigger point where pain is centered and manipulate it gently. The manipulation increases blood flow and may stimulate the nerves in the affected area to relieve pain, right at the source.
If your back is sore, or you feel like the muscles are clenched in a tight band across the lower part of your back, dry needling may help loosen up muscles and eliminate pain. Your physical therapist may recommend exercises to complement this therapy that help to strengthen muscles and keep them from tightening up again. Dry needling may also be effective for nerve pain that originates in the lower back and can shoot down your legs.
If you suffer from chronic low back pain, dry needling may help. Certified physical therapists in the Austin area are available at Endeavor Rehab Center. Call (512) 284-7192 for your consultation today. We have convenient physical therapy locations in Austin and Round Rock, Texas.