Dry needling is a type of alternative treatment for pain relief. It is also called trigger-point dry needling, since the hair-thin needles are inserted into trigger points – which are sensitive spots in a muscle that are tender to the touch.
Muscles can become tight and knotted, and this causes pain. Dry needling is one of the most effective holistic, nonmedicinal treatments available today that can relax tight muscles, ease pain, and improve muscle movement.
Many health conditions can cause the development of trigger points, and dry needling is frequently used by physical therapists to treat these issues. Let’s talk about some of the main health conditions that are treated with dry needling, and where you can go in the Greater Austin area to receive this revolutionary muscle-relaxing treatment.
Common Conditions Treated by Dry Needling
Dry needling is most often used as a complementary therapy for patients who are suffering from a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and other diseases, such as:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome, which is a repetitive-movement injury that causes pain in the hands and wrists due to a pinched median nerve in the wrist
- Migraines and headaches due to tight neck muscles, tension, anxiety, or stress
- Face and jaw pain from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), which causes teeth clenching and grinding during sleep
- Neck, shoulder, and arm pain and stiffness from whiplash, an injury to the cervical (neck) region of the spine, usually from a car accident
- Fibromyalgia, which is a disorder characterized by muscle pain throughout the body
- Plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the thick tissue along the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes
- Pain in the back, hip, and/or leg due to a pinched sciatic nerve, or sciatica
- Herniated disc, causing back pain
- Tendonitis, such as golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, jumper’s knee, or Achilles tendonitis, caused by overuse of the tendons
- Joint pain from degenerative conditions like arthritis
- Cancer pain, whether the pain is caused by the disease itself or by the treatments being administered
“Complementary” means that dry needling is used as treatment along with one or more other treatments, such as medication or surgery.
Where to Get Dry Needling in Austin, TX
At Endeavor Physical Therapy & Wellness, our licensed physical therapists provide dry-needling therapy in a safe and controlled environment. We regularly administer dry needling to patients who have health conditions such as headaches, TMJ disorder (jaw pain), muscle strains, plantar fasciitis, herniated discs, sciatica, joint pain, arthritis, and cancer. We are committed to alleviating your pain for long-term relief.
For any questions or to schedule a consultation with one of our licensed physical therapists, call our physical therapy clinic in Austin today at (512) 284-7192 or fill out our easy-to-use online request form. For your convenience, Endeavor Physical Therapy & Wellness also serves Round Rock, Manor, Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Bee Cave, and Hutto. We look forward to being your physical therapists of choice!