Dry Needling Services

Dry Needling as an Effective Adjunct Treatment

Alright, let's dive into the world of dry needling, an absolute game-changer in pain relief and rehabilitation. Dry needling, is a highly effective adjunct treatment, that has the potential to significantly reduce pain and expedite rehabilitation. This specialized technique targets muscular trigger points, known culprits of pain and dysfunction.

When active trigger points are present, muscles often become tight or guarded, impeding blood flow and allowing waste products to accumulate. It's like a traffic jam in your muscle fibers, causing discomfort and reduced function.

Here's where the magic happens: a skilled therapist, armed with a fine needle, enters the scene. The needle's touch induces a twitch or rapid depolarization of the muscle fibers, akin to a gentle wake-up call. This process alleviates compression on the joint, nerve, or vascular tissue, leading to a substantial reduction in muscle restriction. Your muscles, finally relieved from their tight grip, relax, and your pain and dysfunction begin to dissipate.

But there's more to the story. Dry needling isn't just about the mechanical relief. Some intriguing theories suggest that it triggers the release of the body's natural opiates, potentially enhancing the healing process.

Here's the catch: Dry Needling isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. It requires the expertise of a highly skilled therapist with advanced training in anatomy and musculoskeletal function and dysfunction. Our team has honed this technique to help countless patients find relief.

If you're seeking a treatment that goes beyond the surface and addresses the root causes of your pain and dysfunction, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at CORE Therapy and Pilates. Your well-being is our priority, and we're here to guide you towards a pain-free, active life.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long does it take to schedule a Dry Needling session at CORE Therapy and Pilates?

We schedule most of our new evaluations within 24-48 hours of the initial call with us. We totally understand that you want to get in fast to resolve your pain or injury as quickly as possible.

How long is a Dry Needling session?

A Dry Needling session is 20 minutes if you are coming in for a Dry Needling Session at CORE with one of our Doctors of Physical Therapy. If you are seeing one of our Physical Therapist for Physical Therapy, they may use Dry Needling with other treatments like manual therapy, corrective exercises and/or Pilates exercises within the one on one, 55 minute long treatment sessions.

Is Dry Needling covered by Medicare?

Dry Needling is not a covered service under Medicare and is offered to our clients at an additional cost for only Dry Needling services.

Meet the Team at CORE Therapy & Pilates in Westlake Hills, Tx

Dr. Claire Watkins, PT, DPT

Dr. Claire Watkins


Dr. Claire is from Louisiana and was a cheerleader when she attended LSU. She moved to Austin and graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2001 from the University of St. Augustine. Claire has worked in outpatient orthopedics specializing in back pain education and exercise for each of her patients.

Dr. Andy Tseng


Dr Andy moved to Florida from Taiwan in 2014 to complete his education. He graduated from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, FL in 2017 with his Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Occupational Therapy degrees. After working in NYC for several years, he decided to move to Austin to further his education in Pilates and Gyrotonic Exercise at CORE Therapy & Pilates.

Dr. Daniel Masters PT, DPT

Dr. Daniel Masters


Dr. Danny is a local who graduated from Westlake High School,  University of Texas and Texas Women’s for his Doctor of Physical Therapy . He has been a licensed physical therapist  in Texas since 2021 and continues to help his patients eliminate pain while laughing through each physical therapy session.


CPT Code 97161    Physical Therapy Initial Evaluation

CPT Code 97110    Therapeutic Exercise

CPT Code 97112    Neuromuscular Re-education

CPT Code 97140    Manual Therapy

CPT Code 97530    Therapeutic Activity

CPT Code 97535    Self Care / Home Management Training