Many people who have suffered from chronic pain have turned to dry needling in Austin, TX to give them some relief. You may be thinking: pain? Needles? Certainly, that’s counterintuitive! However, dry needling is a form of pain management that doctors and physical therapists have used for decades to decrease pain. If you are interested in seeing if dry needling is right for you, give Austin Physical Therapy a call to learn more about the process. If you have tried other solutions to pain management, dry needling may be exactly the solution you need.
Is dry needling the same as acupuncture?
If you saw two people side by side, one receiving an acupuncture treatment and the other getting a dry needling treatment, you may think they are getting the exact same thing. However, they are not quite the same and the techniques used in these treatments will be different. With acupuncture, the needles are inserted along a certain path in order to help regain the flow of your Qi. With dry needling, your therapist will place the needles at very specific points in your muscles to decrease tightness.
Will this hurt?
Understandably, many people who turn to dry needling in Austin, Texas wonder if this will hurt more than it will help. However, the procedure should not cause you pain. These needles are not the same as medical needles used for shots. They are extremely thin and not inserted too deep.
When will I notice the benefits?
It is not uncommon for patients to experiences soreness after their dry needling session. Many people notice improvements in their pain within the first day and, most often, will see more improvement with the more sessions they go to. If you do dry needling sessions often, you will likely experience less soreness after each session and see more improvements in your pain levels.
Is there a certain number of sessions I need for my pain?
The number of sessions will depend on the person but it is not uncommon for those who have experienced chronic pain for quite a long time to need more sessions than those who are experiencing acute pain. Your therapist will discuss what they believe is the right number of treatments and re-valuate as you move into your treatment program.
Would you like to learn more about how dry needling can help you? Reach out to Austin Physical Therapy to speak with our Austin, Texas dry needling therapist today!