Pain relief through dry needling.

Physical therapists may suggest dry needling to address musculoskeletal pain and muscle obstruction. Similar to acupuncture, the therapist inserts fine filiform needles into myofascial trigger points (MTrP).

These areas on the body are what are called hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle, essentially areas that are tender to the touch and cause pain. While acupuncture is rooted in Eastern medicine, dry needling is based on Western medicine principles and evidence-based research.

Dry needling can be performed at a superficial or deep tissue level.

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Benefits of Dry Needling Treatment

Dry needling essentially stimulates underlying muscular and connective tissues. With the help of needles, physical therapists are able to target certain tissues that aren’t accessible superficially.

This treatment is normally part of a larger treatment plan and is used in conjunction with exercises, manual therapy, and other traditional physical therapy treatments.

Studies have shown trigger point dry needling effective in:

Pain relief
Reducing muscle tension and muscle pain
Improving range of motion
Normalizing motor endplate dysfunction
Increasing blood flow

Dry needling has been known to treat many conditions including:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Face/Jaw Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot/Ankle Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Headache
  • Hip/Leg Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Impingement
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Muscle Soreness
  • Tendonitis
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Dry Needling Services at High Desert Therapists

Our trained, highly skilled, and compassionate physical therapists are well experienced in dry needling techniques. Since dry needling is often an additional strategy in a larger physical therapy treatment plan, our process is similar to other services.

Our process:

A Patient at the physiotherapy doing physical exercises with his therapist


You will first meet with a physical therapist to establish areas of pain and discomfort. In conjecture with a typical pain management plan, dry needling sessions may be recommended.

Dry Needling

the skin to relax your trigger points and loosen tense muscles. The length of the needle will depend on the area of the body being treated and how deep the therapist wants to go.
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Dry needling is a supplementary procedure to address certain pain points. During your time with High Desert Therapists, you will participate in movement exercises and at-home direction in addition to pain management techniques.

Patient Education

Being clear on what is causing your pain is essential to living comfortably. We are always keen on sending patients home with plenty of educational resources like posture correction, movement ideas, and mindfulness recommendations to help avoid chronic pain scenarios.

Rehabilitation is in reach.

Referrals are required by insurance carriers, however, please contact us to discuss treatment options and prices if you do not have insurance.
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