Dry Needling Physical Therapy

Dry Needling Treatment
Acute and Chronic Pain Relief. Private Treatment with a Physical Therapist.

I had a great experience with my physical therapist, Whitney. She did a wonderful job of manual therapy and needling. My shoulder has felt better after treatment than the last 3 years after my injury and surgery. I’ve recommended her to multiple people and am thankful for all the help.

– Emma F.

EXCELLENT. Whitney is the best therapist I have encountered. Thank you Whitney! Needling done by Whitney is excellent!!!

– Christine M.

Knowing that I was anxious to return to my regular exercise program, Jessica worked on my muscles, guided me through a variety of exercises, with take-home instructions, and recommended dry needling, – a unique experience that didn’t hurt at all. Each time I left Therapydia I felt great and as the weeks went by, I felt more and more like my pre-Sciatica self.

– P.D.

Why Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a form of physical therapy that involves inserting a thin needle through the skin and into the muscle. It’s also known as trigger point dry needling. Trigger points are hyperirritable spots in our muscles that are usually painful to the touch. Some people refer to trigger points as “knots” in the muscle. These areas can also refer pain to other places in our body when palpated. Why do we have trigger points or “knots”? Typically these areas are initiated by trauma or injury to a muscle. There are chemical and physiological changes that occur within the muscle after injury or trauma that develop a pattern of dysfunction. Sometimes the “trauma” is as simple as having poor posture while sitting at a computer all day.

Dry needling is a way for physical therapists to treat multiple muscles quickly and effectively. It also helps physical therapists reach deep muscles that are difficult to manually treat. Dry needling is a valuable complementary treatment to other techniques such as manual therapy and therapeutic exercise.

Does It Hurt?

    Dry needling uses a very thin solid needle or filament to disrupt the trigger point and elicit a “twitch response” which returns that muscle to a normal state by allowing inflammatory chemicals to leave the trigger point, to relax the muscle, and to restore blood flow to the area. Dry needling often uses the same type of needle as used in acupuncture, however while acupuncture remains close to the skin, dry needling penetrates deeper and so requires a physical therapist’s expert knowledge of the musculoskeletal system to administer. While dry needling does penetrate the muscles, the needles are very thin and you may or may not feel the insertion of the needle. Some patients may feel a brief ache or cramping sensation during the twitch response.


    Dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, range of motion issues, joint dysfunction, recovery from injury, and even prevention of pain and injury, with very few side effects unlike trigger point injections which involve the injection of a local anaesthetic, saline solution or steroid into the trigger point which can cause irritation. This technique is suitable for many patients who want to find and eliminate neuromuscular dysfunctions that leads to pain and functional deficits.

      Common Conditions Treated:

    • Acute and chronic pain
    • Lower back pain
    • Tendonitis
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Disk pathology
    • Neck/Back Pain
    • Shoulder Pain
    • Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow
    • Hip and Gluteal Pain
    • Headaches
    • Knee Pain
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Sciatica

About Therapydia NOLA

Better Physical Therapy Experience

At Therapydia NOLA, our physical therapists offer private dry needling sessions. You’ll spend your entire with one of our expert therapists – we won’t hand you off to a PT assistant or aide. We’ll help you understand what’s causing your pain, what you can do to relieve your pain and ways to prevent reoccurring injuries. Best of all, you’re covered. Therapydia works with and provides billing for most PPO insurance groups and Medicare. We also accept cash-based payments.

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  • Hands-On-Care
  • Quality Treatment
  • Jonathan Burke, DPT, MTC, CSCS
    Clinic Director
  • Whitney Braswell, DPT
    Physical Therapist
  • Curtis Olivieri, DPT
    Physical Therapist

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    421 N. Carrollton Avenue, Suite 4
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    Phone: (504) 702-6688
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