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Optimal Therapy Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

A technique gaining popularity in the realm of physical therapy is something called dry needling. This western medicine technique appears similar to the eastern medicine technique known as acupuncture, but these two therapies provide distinct health benefits for physical and occupational therapy patients. Considering this, the dry needling technique uses short or long, thin stainless steel needles to penetrate deep muscle layers beneath the skin. This can be done on many areas of the body including the back, neck, hips, or shoulders. Now, the specific term “dry” is used in the name, because these needles do not release any fluid into the body.

What are the Benefits of Dry Needling?

Overall, the objective of dry needling is to release tight bands of muscle, also known as muscle knots or trigger points. By releasing these tight bundles within the muscle, the patient will experience a great deal of pain relief and increased mobility. 

  • Dry needling inactivates trigger points, making it more difficult for tightness in the muscles to form.
  • Provides relief from pain and stiffness within the muscles. 
  • Dry needling helps to improve the flexibility and range of motion around joints.  

How is Dry Needling Done?

A physical therapist will begin by assessing the patients range of motion and sanitizing the area where the needles will be placed. Once these fine needles are inserted into the muscular tissue, the physical therapist will move the needle around the area of tightness swiftly with an in and out motion or twist. Typically, the patient experiences little to no pain or discomfort during the process. By moving the needle in and out of the muscle tissue, the needle provides that area of the muscle with a specific stimulus to respond to. This process essentially stimulates trigger points, which eventually relaxes the muscle and provides relief to the physical therapy patient.

Imagine being able to get a two hour long, deep tissue massage, but in less than 20 minutes.

Optimal Therapy’s Services

Currently, our company has several physical therapists that specialize in dry needling. They service the Las Vegas community at various locations, which are available on our website. Ask your health care provider if this therapy would be appropriate for you, and come give this technique a try!

If you need to schedule a physical therapy evaluation to find out how physical therapy can help you reach your goals, contact us

To schedule an appointment call 702-564-6712 or click here to see a list of our locations.


Optimal Therapy is unique and one of the best choices for your physical and occupational therapy needs. Our team of highly-trained physical and occupational therapists are all patient focused and passionate about delivering a great experience every time. We offer many physical therapy services including fall-prevention, pelvic health, pediatrics, geriatrics, surgery recovery, dry needling, joint mobility and more! We also provide in home care and Telehealth appointments to meet you exactly where you are at.

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References

https://www.healthline.com/health/dry-needling-vs-acupuncture#acupuncture

https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/on-pins-and-needles-just-what-is-dry-needling 

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