Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?

A small, sterile monofilament needle is placed into the skin at a trigger point, tendon, or scar tissue by a physical therapist specially trained and certified in dry needling. 

Benefits of Dry Needling in Prairie Village

Dry needling has a variety of therapeutic uses. The localized microtrauma from dry needling can be used to bring oxygen to a specific site in a muscle for treatment of a trigger point, a knotted area of decreased oxygen within a muscle that can cause pain. Dry needling pairs well with manual therapy to decrease tone, pain, and improve tissue extensibility. Dry needling facilitates recovery by improving bloodflow to a local area and can kick start the healing process for difficult-to-heal tendon injuries. It can also be used to help mobilize scar tissue. Additionally, it can be combined with electrical stimulation for neurofacilitation for weak or deinnervated muscles.

Dry needling is typically used as part of an overall treatment plan that will likely personalized exercise, manual therapy, and education. Dry needling is used to increase range of motion that may be limited due to muscle tightness or scar tissue.


  • Tendinitis
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Tennis elbow
  • Post-whiplash
  • Low back pain
  • Total hip replacement or total knee replacement
  • Shoulder tendinopathy
  • Patellar tendinopathy


Dry needling treatments take only 15-20 minutes per body part, making it an efficient way to improve tissue mobility and decrease pain.


  • Kimberly Pointer
  • Juan Camilo Paz
  • Walter Beeson
  • Morgan Coffman
  • Matt Timm
  • Julie Buttell 
  • Joe Colclasure

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Elizabeth “Liz” Klug

Empower is the best physical therapy clinic that offers one-on-one treatment for physical therapy, especially challenging cases. I have had the opportunity and privilege to work with Matt, Brett, and Cody. All three therapists are professional, knowledgeable and highly skilled. As my regular therapist, Cody has been a true blessing, helping me with multiple degenerative orthopedic issues and surgeries. He listens attentively to my concerns and is always so positive, encouraging, and supportive. He is continually evaluating and making adjustments in my recovery plan. His diagnostic skills are excellent and he is not afraid to advocate for me with physicians and for the proper treatment for my conditions. His dedication, commitment, and patience are inspiring. So grateful for his help. Thank you, Cody!
The office staff at Empower is excellent as well. Kate is amazing! She is always so kind, friendly, and helpful. She makes me smile. Definitely recommend Empower!

Katie Reaser

I’ve been to many different PT offices and Empower PT is by far the best! Kate at the front desk is always friendly and efficient. My physical therapist, Matt, is very personable and friendly, while maintaining a professional demeanor. He is always trying new techniques and exercises, and I never have to wait for more than a few minutes, which I appreciate! I would highly recommend Empower PT to anyone needing an exceptional physical therapist.

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