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Dry Needling for Treatment of Acute or Chronic Conditions

Have you ever heard of therapeutic dry needling? It’s a treatment that involves using thin needles to alleviate pain and discomfort in your muscles and connective tissues. If you’re struggling with pain or tightness in your muscles, this treatment could be a game-changer for you. In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of therapeutic dry needling and how it can help alleviate your pain.

How Does Therapeutic Dry Needling Work?

Therapeutic dry needling involves inserting a thin needle into a trigger point in your muscle. A trigger point is a knot or tight band of muscle that can cause pain and discomfort. The needle stimulates the trigger point, causing it to release and relax. This can help relieve pain, improve flexibility, and reduce muscle tension.

Benefits of Therapeutic Dry Needling

  • Alleviates Pain
    One of the primary benefits of therapeutic dry needling is pain relief. By stimulating trigger points, the treatment can help reduce pain and discomfort in your muscles. This can be especially beneficial for people who suffer from chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia or arthritis.
  • Improves Range of Motion
    Therapeutic dry needling can also improve your range of motion. By releasing tight muscles and reducing muscle tension, you may find that you’re able to move more freely and comfortably. This can be particularly helpful for athletes who need to maintain flexibility and mobility for their sport.
  • Enhances Muscle Function
    When your muscles are tight or painful, they may not function as well as they should. Therapeutic dry needling can help improve muscle function by releasing tension and improving blood flow to the affected area. This can be particularly beneficial for people who have suffered from injuries that have impacted their muscle function.
  • Helps with Chronic Conditions
    Therapeutic dry needling can also be an effective treatment for chronic conditions like headaches, back pain, and neck pain. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy found that therapeutic dry needling was more effective than a placebo treatment in reducing pain and improving function in patients with chronic low back pain.
  • Reduces Stress and Anxiety
    In addition to its physical benefits, therapeutic dry needling may also have mental health benefits. Some people find that the treatment helps reduce stress and anxiety, leaving them feeling more relaxed and calm. This may be due to the fact that the treatment releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers and mood boosters.

Conditions that Benefit from Therapeutic Dry Needling

  • Chronic Low Back Pain
    As mentioned earlier, therapeutic dry needling can be an effective treatment for chronic low back pain. If you suffer from this condition, you may find that the treatment helps reduce your pain and improve your function.
  • Headaches and Migraines
    Therapeutic dry needling may also be helpful for people who suffer from headaches and migraines. By targeting trigger points in the neck and shoulders, the treatment can help reduce muscle tension and alleviate pain.


Dommerholt, J., Mayoral del Moral, O., & Gröbli, C. (2020). Trigger point dry needling. Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, 28(1), 1-7.

Kietrys, D. M., Palombaro, K. M., Azzaretto, E., & Hubler, R. (2013). Effectiveness of dry needling for upper-quarter myofascial pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 43(9), 620-634.

In conclusion, therapeutic dry needling is a safe and effective treatment for a variety of conditions. Whether you’re suffering from chronic pain or an acute issue, the clinicians at Bell District Physical Medicine can help you. Call 512-257-2225 to schedule a visit to see if this could be a treatment for you.

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