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The Benefits of Dry Needling

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Have you ever had a deep tissue knot in your shoulder or back? Or perhaps you’ve had a muscle strain or even a herniated disc that was causing you significant pain. Others may even experience nerve pain in parts of their body that physical therapy and exercise don’t seem to relieve. Rather than using different exercises or manual therapy to treat these problems alone, many PTs are turning to dry needling to help their patients recover faster and restore mobility to the body.

Dry needling can mitigate pain caused by a number of issues – arthritis, nerve pain, trigger points, ligament strains, headaches, muscle spasms, and more. Before we dive into the benefits of dry needling, though, let’s start with the basics of what dry needling actually is.

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling can be used as a part of a comprehensive plan to help restore movement and function in the body. It’s a skilled practice that uses filiform needles to penetrate the skin and stimulate trigger points. A trigger point is a place of muscular dysfunction, causing pain and impacting mobility. They can be tender to the touch and difficult to eliminate as these tight bands of skeletal muscle can cause pain to permeate into other parts of the body. 

How do trigger points form? Inflammation builds up in muscles that are injured or overused, causing tension and depriving the muscles of oxygen which occurs from the impaired blood flow. This causes the muscle to be taut, limiting normal movement of the muscle.

How Dry Needling Works

To perform dry needling, a PT will insert super-thin needles into the skin. The needles stimulate the myofascial trigger points, creating twitches and muscle reflexes. These reflexes decrease muscle tension, reducing irritation and pain while improving flexibility. This increases blood flow to the area to promote healing.

By using dry needling, a Doctor of Physical Therapy can target these areas and stimulate them in a way they can’t do with regular physical therapy techniques. It can be painless but most people say the cramping is more of the sensation which can be slightly painful for some. Some patients also report some soreness around the needle sites for around 24-48 hours, while others don’t feel any soreness.

Benefits of Dry Needling

By inserting needles into trigger points on the body, the muscles relax, boosting blood flow, diminishing inflammation, and triggering an immune system response. There are four specific benefits to dry needling:

Relief of pain

Looking for immediate pain relief? Pain improves as blood flow is restored, moving acidic wastes away from the muscle and providing those areas with oxygen and nutrient-rich blood. Many people report immediate relief after one session, but some do require additional sessions.

Improving mobility

When you have tight knotted muscles, the tendency is to stop moving and limit your mobility and movement to avoid pain. By combining dry needling with physical therapy, strength and mobility are restored and future trigger points can be avoided.

Quicker Recovery 

Regardless of the injury or pain, restoring movement is the best way to heal and recover. While physical therapy can be the main component of treatment, adding dry needling to the treatment plan can help speed up your recovery time. 

Assists with Chronic pain

Dry needling specifically helps with chronic conditions such as back or neck pain. This can result in trigger points and tenderness. Patients with chronic pain who have had dry needling report significant pain improvement. It helps to increase blood flow to these areas that are impaired and help improve mobility

Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture 

While both dry needling and acupuncture use the same filiform needles, they are vastly different practices. Acupuncture is based on eastern medicine principles, and it’s focused on different points and meridians throughout the body. Needles are used superficially to assist with the flow of energy. Based on western medicine, dry needling inserts needles into a specific part of the muscle that is causing dysfunction and pain. 

Is Pain Holding You Back?

Are you limited in mobility and function because of pain impacting daily activities? We can evaluate your movement, strength, and function to form a plan of care, whether that’s dry needling, PT, or home exercises, that can get you back to doing the things you love. If you are struggling with pain or an injury, our physical therapists can help! Start moving again with help from ResilientRx. Book a consultation online today!

Understanding Insurance

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When searching for the right physical therapy clinic, many prospective patients will want to know whether or not that practice takes their insurance. 

In fact, it’s such a common question that we receive at ResilientRx, we thought we’d make this video to help you gain a better understanding of how the insurance process typically works with PT.

What is covered anyway?

In traditional, insurance-based PT clinics, also known as in-network clinics, there can often be limitations depending upon the specific carrier and plan a patient has.

For example, there may be certain situations where some services are not covered. You could receive additional bills long after you’ve completed physical therapy or only a certain number of visits authorized by the insurance company.

And when certain services aren’t covered, or visit counts are limited, there are many times when the physical therapist has to get on the phone with someone from the insurance company, to justify medical necessity for continued services. 

This takes precious time away from what matters most: caring for our patients.

Transparent Pricing 

Since ResilientRx is out of network with all insurance carriers, we have the ability to have transparent pricing. There are no surprise bills that you’d ever receive later on. 

And we have the freedom to work with our clients on their own time, without the insurance company placing restrictions on services or the number of visits.

Deductibles

Let’s talk briefly about deductibles. A deductible is a specific amount of money that the patient must pay before an insurance company will pay for a claim. 

If you have a high deductible plan, let’s say $5000, then you may be paying out-of-pocket anyway for each visit during your entire course of PT.

Let’s say your copay (the amount you owe every visit) is $50. 

In the traditional in-network model, you are often coming 2-3 times per week and spending $100-$150 weekly.

And we’d argue that if you are not seeing a physical therapist 1:1, your visits tend to be less efficient and it may take you longer to get better.

More Efficient care

Since we only offer 1:1 care with Doctors of Physical Therapy, we feel our visits tend to be more efficient. This means our clients come less often and get better faster.

Less expense in the long-run

Less time away from work or home

Better quality care.

What’s the main takeaway?

We work for YOU and not the insurance company.

We hope you found this video to be helpful in answering any questions you may have about insurance.

Feel free to reach out to us and we’ll be happy to walk you through this process and answer any questions you may have.

How We’re Different

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We’re ResilientRx- a physical therapy practice here in Austin Texas. We’ve helped hundreds of people just like you get back to doing what they love to do- while keeping them away from pain medication or surgery.

We’d like to take a moment to tell you how we’re different than your typical physical therapy practice. First, we need to take a look at how traditional PT clinics are run.

Traditional Physical Therapy

Traditional, “big box” physical therapy clinics that accept health insurance are very common in our healthcare system. Most clinics in the United States that accept insurance are designed to accommodate a high volume of patients, in order for the business to stay profitable.

The big reason these PT clinics need to see a high number of patients is because the amount that insurances reimburse these clinics for their services is often low and inconsistent.

So what tends to happen is your case is assigned to a physical therapist who can be double, triple, or quadruple booked.

They are managing multiple patients and other responsibilities all at once, which requires the use of Rehab assistance or technicians. 

Working with Rehab Assistance or Techs

Techs will spend anywhere from 30-40+ minutes with patients while the supervising physical therapist cycles through their patients for the hour, perhaps spending only 10-20 minutes with each of them.

Technicians are often high school educated with “on the job training” who hold no professional license or advanced clinical training.

Let’s think about that for a second…

The bulk of your direct care is in the hands of someone who is not a formally trained healthcare professional. Even under the watchful eye of the physical therapist in a busy clinic setting, is this something you feel you should be paying for and are comfortable with? We sure don’t think so.

Less direct care, more cost over time

What this system results in is that patients spend less time receiving direct skilled care, which usually means that more visits are required to get them feeling better and meeting their goals. 

And more visits means more cost to you in the long run, even if you have a copay.

Most patients will attend at a frequency of 2-3 times per week.

That’s 3 hours of PT per week, not counting the driving and waiting room times.

And even if you have a low-ish copay, that adds up quick.

How we’re different

Here’s where we are different: At ResilientRx, it’s just you and your Doctor of Physical Therapy. That’s it. 

No unskilled providers and no other patients sharing YOUR time.

The majority of our clients only attend PT once a week. Because you have one on one skilled care for a full hour, our treatments are more efficient and client-specific. 

You are making the effort to be here, investing your time and money to get better. Therefore we feel it is YOUR hour, not to be shared by anyone else, and to be fully customized to YOUR needs.

We offer high-quality, customized treatments and leave the filler stuff out

That means, no generic exercise sheets, no annoying egg timers going off telling you when it’s time to stop an exercise, and no more wasting time on things you can easily be doing at home. 

This may sound like a bad business model (trust us, it’s not)…but our goal is to work ourselves out of a job -to get you better as quickly as possible.

We make it easy too!

We will provide a structured plan for you, but also provide you the flexibility needed in scheduling. Life get’s hectic outside of physical therapy – we get it. We’ll meet you wherever you are at and come up with what works best for you!

Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality experience,  using a modern, evidence-based approach. 

Come experience for yourself, why we’re different.