Dry Needling Prairie Village & Overland Park, KS

Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a highly effective medical technique performed by skilled physical therapists. By inserting thin needles into specific trigger points, this treatment provides immediate pain relief, reduces muscle tension, and enhances mobility. Whether you’re dealing with chronic pain, sports injuries, or other musculoskeletal issues, Dry Needling caters to a wide range of conditions including:

acute or chronic injuries
● headaches
neck pain
back pain
● tendinitis
● muscle spasms
● Sciatica
Hip or knee pain
● muscle strains
● fibromyalgia
● tennis or golfer’s elbow
● overuse injuries
● and much more

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a treatment technique often used by physical therapists to relieve pain. It requires using a sterile acupuncture needle that is inserted through the skin into muscles, tendons, ligaments, and/or close to nerves to immediately reduce pain, decrease muscle tension and increase mobility. Dry Needling is not acupuncture; it is based on a modern scientific study of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. This treatment technique provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal which ultimately reduces pain.

Is this Acupuncture?

We understand that there may be questions and confusion regarding the similarities and differences between dry needling and acupuncture. It’s important to note that our licensed physical therapists, in an increasing number of states, are able to incorporate dry needling into their practice. It’s worth mentioning that while our physical therapists are not licensed acupuncturists and do not provide acupuncture treatments, dry needling is firmly grounded in Western medicine principles and research, which sets it apart from most schools of acupuncture.

Dry needling is a technique that involves using a small, thin needle to stimulate underlying trigger points or tight muscles in the body. These trigger points can cause pain and discomfort when they are overactive or tight, and dry needling helps to release them and alleviate tension in the affected area. This treatment technique provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal, which ultimately reduces pain.

While acupuncture also uses needles, it is based on traditional Chinese medicine principles and focuses on restoring balance and energy flow in the body. Acupuncture needles are typically left in for longer periods of time and target specific points along meridians or energy pathways in the body. It is important to note that our physical therapists do not provide acupuncture treatments as they are not

What can be treated by Dry Needling?

Dry Needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. When combined with traditional physical therapy and the advanced manual therapy techniques, we have had success treating most pain related problems from head to toe and from acute to chronic conditions. Also Dry Needling can be used to help athletes overcome delayed onset muscle soreness. As athletes push the envelope to become bigger and faster or to reach new goals, recovery becomes an essential phase in the process.

In many instances, dry needling techniques can be employed to expedite the recovery process, enabling athletes to swiftly resume their training or participation in sports activities. By targeting specific trigger points within the muscles, this therapeutic approach promotes improved blood circulation, reduces muscle tension, and enhances overall healing. As a result, athletes can experience quicker recovery and get back to their training or playing routine in a shorter span of time.

Is Dry Needling Painful?

For most people there is little to no discomfort with the insertion of the needle. We strive to make the treatment virtually painless however, at times, you may experience a “twitch response” which often feels like a quick muscle cramp or ache. These sensations are normal and even desirable at times. Following this technique muscle soreness can be felt up to 24-48 hours. The application of heat or ice and drinking plenty of fluids usually reduces the soreness.

Dry Needling is a powerful treatment technique that when in used with conjunction with our other physical therapy treatments, can help you relieve your pain and improve your function quickly.

Seeking Pain Relief?

If you are seeking relief from chronic pain or looking to improve your overall function and mobility, consider trying dry needling at our clinic. Our skilled therapists will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan to help you reach your goals. Don’t let pain hold you back any longer, schedule an appointment with us today at one of our clinics in Westwood, Shawnee, Prairie Village & Overland Park.