Dry Needling

Dry needling is a skilled therapeutic intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of musculoskeletal / orthopedic pain and movement impairments. Dry needling is a technique used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue. It is utilized to diminish persistent peripheral nociceptive (pain) input and to reduce impairments or restore structure and function of body systems which will ultimately lead to improved mobility with activity. Dry needling is covered under the American Physical Therapy Association/APTA practice act (www.apta.org) and the Texas Physical Therapy Association/TPTA practice act (www.tpta.org). Physical therapists are licensed and credentialed in the State of Texas to perform dry needling.

Dry needling is not the same as acupuncture. Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, whereas dry needling is a western medicine technique, which needs to have a medical diagnosis to treat. There is a clear scientific understanding of dry needling as it does not follow meridian based acupuncture theory. Dry needling works by changing the way your body senses pain (neurological effects) and helps the body to activate internal processes to heal itself (i.e. increased local blood flow, improved local cellular activity).

What to Know

Time

10 – 60 minute sessions

Activity

No physical activity or exercise

Attire

Clothing that can be easily moved aside or removed depending on where treatment is performed

Coverage

Covered by most insurances and requires prescription.

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Locations Offering
Dry Needling

Baytown Clinic

3818 Decker Drive

Baytown, TX 77520

Mont Belvieu

9235 Highway 146 North, Suite 7B

Mont Belvieu, TX 77523

Dayton

605 W. Clayton Street, Ste. H

Dayton, TX 77535

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