Functional Dry Needling In Boulder, CO

Many People Have Heard Of Dry Needling, But Don’t Fully Understand What It Does And How It Can Help Them.

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What Is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a safe and effective method of treatment provided at Alpine Fit to reduce pain and muscle tension, while simultaneously improving mobility.

Dry needling involves the insertion of tiny sterile needles into tight, painful muscle knots (trigger points). We needle the areas where you have pain to help “reset” the muscles to the way they were before you had a problem with that area.

If you are struggling with pain or tightness in your muscles, dry needling may be the perfect solution for you. Our team at Alpine Fit will work with you to create a custom treatment plan that will provide the relief you need.


How Does Dry Needling Work?

This treatment method is used by our licensed Colorado physical therapists as a way to relieve pain.

When performing the therapy, your Alpine Fit physical therapist will insert a sterile needle through the skin, into the underlying tendons, ligaments, or muscles that have been affected, in order to relieve pain, decrease muscle tension, and improve mobility.

While it is a common misconception, dry needling is not acupuncture. Based on modern Western medicine principles and research of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems, dry needling aims to provide an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal, ultimately reducing pain in the process.

What Are The Benefits Of Dry Needling?

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Pain Relief

Dry Needling has been shown to cause neurophysiological changes that promote pain relief.

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Improved Range Of Motion

Dry Needling also facilitates muscles to relax and “reset” back to their healthy state.

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Increase Blood Flow

Dry Needling has been shown to increase blood flow which enhances the healing process.

Support Bone, Joint, & Muscle Health

Improved Muscle Function

Dry Needling has been shown to increase blood flow which enhances the healing process.

How Does Dry Needling Help Me Heal Faster From An Injury?

Lots of muscle tension is formed when you’re a runner or athlete pushing yourself to your best.

Dry needling releases tense muscles in your body, helps you recover quicker from injuries, and even prepares you between big races or training sessions. Runners and athletes have a lot to gain by getting dry needling.

How Does Dry Needling Help Athletes?

Dry needling stimulates the body’s healing process. It does this by relieving trigger points that form in the body anytime one gets injured.

It also increases blood flow to that area of the body, which is crucial for healing and recovery. You really can speed up your healing process by using dry needling.

Lots of muscle tension is formed when you’re an athlete pushing yourself to your best.

Can Dry Needling Help Me Recover Quicker Even If I'm Not Injured?

Dry needling jumpstarts the body’s recovery process after strenuous activity. Many college and pro athletes regularly use dry needling in order to recover after a tough run or race, but this treatment doesn’t have to be saved exclusively for high-competition level athletes. 

It can be used on you today!

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Here are some conditions we use dry needling to treat:

Overused Muscles
Muscle Strains
Neck/Back Pain
Hip/Knee Pain
Shoulder Pain
Tennis/Golfers Elbow
Acute/Chronic Injuries

What Other People Just Like You Are Saying About Alpine Fit Physical Therapy in Boulder, CO…

I have already noticed amazing results in just one session!

I am SO relieved I have found Kyle! I have been having hip and leg pain and was having problems finding the proper help to get me on the road to recovery. Kyle was very friendly and welcoming and assessed what she thought the problem was.

She then treated the issue by dry needling, which was much more gentle then I have had in the past. I have already noticed amazing results in just one session! I look forward to continuing working with her and getting back to my normal active life!

Beth C

I highly recommend Alpine Fit for any PT needs!

A while ago, I couldn’t even walk because of the pain and tightness in my knees (and I’m a young(ish), healthy, active person!). But under Dr. Willets’s direction, and her experience implementing a variety of modalities, from dry needling, to soft tissue work, and key exercises, I was back on my feet in no time!

Now I can again enjoy all the activities I love- even knee-intensive sports like skiing and running- with little to no pain. I really appreciate Kyle’s holistic approach, her expertise on all the systems of the body and how they function together, and her knowledge of how even small changes, like posture corrections, can make a big difference. I highly recommend Alpine Fit for any PT needs!

Katie W

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Dry Needling Hurt?

No, but most people descirbe it as some of the following:

  • a dry ache
  • a sharp pain
  • sometimes a little sore afterawrds
  • “crampy”
Is Dry Needling Safe?

The are no risks with dry needling that aren’t minimizable with safety precautions

Who Should Receive Extra Precaution With Dry Needling?
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Pregnancy
  • Diminished Mental Capacity
  • Recent Surgery
What Are The Risks Of Dry Needling?
  • Pneumothorax (0.1% chance)
    • This is the risk with the highest consequence, but the risk is mitigated with good knowledge of anatomy, safe patient & practitioner positioning, & technique
  • Infection
    • Rarely occurs & is avoided with good needling technique
  • Bruising
    • Occasional occurance & the most common & lowest consequence risk
Who Should Not Get Dry Needling?|
  • Immunocompromised Individuals
  • Uncontrolled Anticoagulants
  • Local Infection Or Active Tumor

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