Dry Needling

Chiropractic & Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation located in Austin, TX

Dry Needling

Consider dry needling if you have trigger points (tight muscle knots) that affect your mobility or quality of life. At Pinnacle Sports Performance and Rehabilitation, which has two locations in Austin, Texas, Ryan Anderson, DC, Logan Reiff, DC, and the team regularly prescribe dry needling to teens and adults. Call the nearest Pinnacle Sports Performance and Rehabilitation office to schedule dry needling treatment, or book your appointment online today. 

Dry Needling Q & A

My muscles are sore. Can dry needling help?

Yes. Dry needling is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that treats musculoskeletal pain and movement disorders. Often, it’s combined with other therapeutic treatments, like chiropractic, massage therapy, or cupping.

During treatment, the Pinnacle Sports Performance and Rehabilitation team inserts very thin, sharp needles into one (or multiple) trigger points –– tight knots of muscle tissue. Once placed, the needles draw blood flow to the area, decreasing tightness and relieving pain.

How does dry needling work?

Physical activity, like exercise, affects blood flow to your muscles. If your muscles don’t have adequate circulation, they don’t receive the oxygen and nutrients needed for repair. This causes the tissues surrounding your muscles to become acidic, causing soreness and pain.

Stimulating your trigger points with dry needling helps break up those tight muscle knots (trigger points). It increases blood flow to the treatment site (or sites) and flushes toxins from the area, allowing your body to begin its natural healing process. 

What types of medical issues benefit from dry needling?

The Pinnacle Sports Performance and Rehabilitation team uses dry needling to treat various medical issues, including:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Joint issues
  • Disc issues (e.g., herniated discs)
  • Tendinitis
  • Migraine and tension-type headaches
  • Auto-accident injuries
  • Spinal issues
  • Night cramps
  • Pelvic pain

You might be a candidate for dry needling if you suffer a repetitive strain injury, like carpal tunnel syndrome or plantar fasciitis. 

I have sensitive skin. What can I expect during dry needling treatment?

If the Pinnacle Sports Performance and Rehabilitation team determines you’re a candidate for dry needling, they have you lie down on a comfortable, padded table.

The team cleans and sterilizes the treatment site (or treatment sites) and then uses their fingers to find your trigger points. They gently pinch the skin above the trigger point with one hand and use their other hand to carefully insert a very thin, sharp needle into your skin. The depth each needle is inserted depends on the severity of your symptoms and treatment goals.

After placement, your provider leaves the needle (or needles) in your skin for a specific period of time. Then, they remove the needles and provide recovery instructions.

Call the nearest Pinnacle Sports Performance and Rehabilitation office to schedule a dry needling consultation, or book your appointment online today.


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