Do you suffer from pelvic pain?
Dry Needling may help. The Urology Austin Physical Therapy team is proud to announce we are now offering Dry Needling as a new physical therapy service.
What exactly is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is a highly effective form of treatment, backed by scientific research, and has been used in the orthopedic physical therapy setting for decades treating a wide range of injuries and people, including professional athletes. It can also be used to treat pelvic floor dysfunction that may be contributing to one’s pelvic pain and/or urinary symptoms.
Dry Needling is NOT acupuncture. Though both treatments use thin needles, acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine and Dry Needling is a technique that focuses on the deeper layers of tissue that are considered the trigger points to your pain. It is called “dry needling” because there is no application of a liquid substance, i.e. medication. The needling technique helps break up shortened tissue, impacts the pain pathway of the nervous system, and helps neutralize the inflammatory system to allow for tissue healing, muscle relaxation, and pain relief.
What conditions can Needling help you resolve?
- Pelvic pain
- Hip pain
- Low back pain
- Genital Pain
- Tailbone pain
- Rectal pain
- Lower abdominal discomfort/bladder pain
- Painful intercourse
- Urinary incontinence
- Urinary frequency
- Urinary urgency
Can’t stand the thought of needles? Don’t let this treatment scare you.
The needles are very thin and flexible. Most patients feel a little pressure from the needle, and sometimes a muscle twitch is elicited, but that’s about it. Good news – this is a normal sensation and even a desirable response because the area of dysfunction is being targeted. Patients may also feel tired or relaxed after treatment because of the effect on the nervous system. Your physical therapist will review all this information with you prior to your treatment.
Click here for more information about Dry Needling on the Urology Austin website.
If you have questions about this treatment option, or you’re interested in learning more about pelvic floor physical therapy, Urology Austin Physical Therapists are available at designated locations. Speak with your urologist about the benefits of physical therapy and if physical therapy would be a good choice for your treatment.
Written by Alison Gallup, PT, DPT, OCS