Dry Needling and Physical Therapy in Syracuse


Dry Needling is a medical technique performed by a skilled physical therapist to immediately reduce pain, muscle tension and improve mobility. It is used in a variety of musculoskeletal problems including, but not limited to: acute or chronic injuries, headaches, neck pain, back pain, tendinitis, muscle spasms, “Sciatica”, hip or knee pain, muscle strains, fibromyalgia, tennis or golfer’s elbow, overuse injuries, and much more.

What Is It?


Dry Needling is a treatment technique often used by physical therapists to relieve pain. It requires using a sterile acupuncture needle that is inserted through the skin into muscles, tendons, ligaments, and/or close to nerves to immediately reduce pain, decrease muscle tension and increase mobility. It IS NOT acupuncture; it is based on a modern scientific study of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. This treatment technique provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal which ultimately reduces pain.

Is This Acupuncture?


There are many similarities and differences between dry needling and acupuncture. Licensed physical therapists in a growing number of states can use dry needling under the scope of their practice. Our Physical therapists are not licensed acupuncturists and do not practice acupuncture. In contrast to most schools of acupuncture, dry needling is strictly based on Western medicine principles and research.

What can be treated by Dry Needling?


Dry Needling can be used for a variety of muscle, tendon, ligament and nerve problems. When combined with traditional physical therapy and the advanced manual therapy techniques, we have had success treating most pain related problems from head to toe and from acute to chronic conditions.

It can also be used to help athletes overcome delayed onset muscle soreness. As athletes push the envelope to become bigger and faster or to reach new goals, recovery becomes an essential phase in the process. Often times dry needling can be used to speed up this recovery time and allow the athlete to return to training or to playing as soon as possible.

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Is it Painful?

For most people there is little to no discomfort with the insertion of the needle. Physical therapist strive to make the treatment virtually painless however, at times, you may experience a “twitch response” which often feels like a quick muscle cramp or ache. These sensations are normal and even desirable at times. Following this technique muscle soreness can be felt up to 24-48 hours. The application of heat or ice and drinking plenty of fluids usually reduces the soreness.

Dry Needling is a powerful treatment technique that when in used with conjunction with our other physical therapy treatments, can help you relieve your pain and improve your function quickly.

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Patient Testimonials

We are committed to providing the best physical therapy experience with the highest quality of care for optimal results. See what real patients have to say about us!

This is the place for Physical Therapy! The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and great at what they do. If you need Physical Therapy there is now other choice but Rock Run.
— Edward Carey, Posted January 24th 2020 on google
I came here after my knee surgery and within a month I was back to my normal self! They spend one on one time with you and make sure your getting all the help you need. I really appreciate them and what they have done for me to get back to my active self!
— Alyson Hotchkiss, Posted January 24th 2020 on google
Rock Run PT is awesome! This is the only place I or my family will ever even consider for physical therapy! The staff is so helpful and friendly, and the atmosphere is always warm and inviting. They consistently go above and beyond to help you achieve goals as you heal. If possible, I would leave not just 5 but 100 sta...
— A T, Posted December 31st 2019 on google
The Staff was professional in there efforts of ease the pain I was experiencing. But most of all they were fun to be around. I find this to be the most important. How can you relax if the staff is not engaged with you and are concerned about your condition. Great job.
— William Hazelwood, Posted November 30th 2019 on google
The Staff was professional in there efforts of ease the pain I was experiencing. But most of all they were fun to be around. I find this to be the most important. How can you relax if the staff is not engaged with you and are concerned about your condition. Great job.
— William Hazelwood, Posted November 7th 2019 on google
I have enjoyed working with Brenda and all the staff at Syracuse and feel that progress is being made in my therapy. I was surprised to see how effective the pool therapy was.
— Rick Hill, Posted August 31st 2019 on google
I have enjoyed working with Brenda and all the staff at Syracuse and feel that progress is being made in my therapy. I was surprised to see how effective the pool therapy was.
— Rick Hill, Posted August 21st 2019 on google
I have had a great experience with the entire staff at Rock Run Physical Therapy. You get detailed one-on-one time while you are there to ensure that you are making progress. I have tried many different treatments for my issue, and am finally feeling relief and feel this is a long term solution to my pain.
— Lyndsie Crosby, Posted June 21st 2019 on google
I have had a great experience with the entire staff at Rock Run Physical Therapy. You get detailed one-on-one time while you are there to ensure that you are making progress. I have tried many different treatments for my issue, and am finally feeling relief and feel this is a long term solution to my pain.
— Lyndsie Crosby, Posted May 31st 2019 on google
Great staff with great PT support equipment and PT ideas to help you achieve your goal. I am wrapping up my knee replacement PT and have been very pleased with my experience. Brenda and her staff are amazing!
— Kevin Neville, Posted February 28th 2019 on google
Brenda is the best Pysical Therapist I've ever met! I've had aquatic therapy, astym, e-stem, etc., and have never left disappointed. However, I've left disappointed with many of the big PT chains in Layton, South Jordan, and West Point, but Rock Run in Syracuse is the only one I'll recommend because of the way I'm car...
— Lady Sylvia, Posted February 28th 2019 on google
Brenda, Bailey and the entire Rock Run team have been great! Always tailored care to my needs. Their scheduling is very flexible and convenient. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to get back on track physically. They listen to …
— Seth Teague, Posted February 22nd 2019 on google
Brenda is the best Pysical Therapist I've ever met! I've had aquatic therapy, astym, e-stem, etc., and have never left disappointed. However, I've left disappointed with many of the big PT chains in Layton, South Jordan, and West Point, but Rock Run in Syracuse is the only one I'll recommend because of the way I'm car...
— Lady Sylvia, Posted February 21st 2019 on google
Great staff with great PT support equipment and PT ideas to help you achieve your goal. I am wrapping up my knee replacement PT and have been very pleased with my experience. Brenda and her staff are amazing!
— Kevin Neville, Posted February 21st 2019 on google
Brenda, Bailey and the entire Rock Run team have been great! Always tailored care to my needs. Their scheduling is very flexible and convenient. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to get back on track physically. They listen to your concerns and create you a care plan based on what you say, how you are fee...
— Seth Teague, Posted February 21st 2019 on google
Brenda is the best Pysical Therapist I've ever met! I've had aquatic therapy, astym, e-stem, etc., and have never left disappointed. However, I've left disappointed with many of the big PT chains in Layton, South Jordan, and West Point, …
— Lady Sylvia, Posted February 13th 2019 on google
Brenda, Bailey and the entire Rock Run team have been great! Always tailored care to my needs. Their scheduling is very flexible and convenient. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to get back on track physically. They listen to your concerns and create you a care plan based on what you say, how you are fee...
— Seth Teague, Posted January 31st 2019 on google
Everyone At Rock Run was awesome. I was there a lot for a few weeks and felt like family. I am still doing the exercises that they recommend for me to do. I believe the laser and a stem treatments help immensely. A big hug and Thank you to all who helped with my recovery.
— Connie Bott, Posted January 31st 2019 on google
This was the second time that I received physical therapy treatments and each time everyone at Rock Run has far exceeded all of my expectations! Very caring and professional staff and extremely friendly. I highly recommend Rock Run Physical Therapy to everyone. A tremendous thank you to all of the sensational member...
— Clive Ingram, Posted January 31st 2019 on google
Awesome staff, great outcome from my personalized plan of care and rehab goals.
— Lisa Didier, Posted January 31st 2019 on google

Patient Testimonials

We are committed to providing the best physical therapy experience with the highest quality of care for optimal results. See what real patients have to say about us!

This is the place for Physical Therapy! The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and great at what they do. If you need Physical Therapy there is now other choice but Rock Run.
— Edward Carey, Posted January 24th 2020 on google
I came here after my knee surgery and within a month I was back to my normal self! They spend one on one time with you and make sure your getting all the help you need. I really appreciate them and what they have done for me to get back to my active self!
— Alyson Hotchkiss, Posted January 24th 2020 on google
Rock Run PT is awesome! This is the only place I or my family will ever even consider for physical therapy! The staff is so helpful and friendly, and the atmosphere is always warm and inviting. They consistently go above and beyond to help you achieve goals as you heal. If possible, I would leave not just 5 but 100 sta...
— A T, Posted December 31st 2019 on google
The Staff was professional in there efforts of ease the pain I was experiencing. But most of all they were fun to be around. I find this to be the most important. How can you relax if the staff is not engaged with you and are concerned about your condition. Great job.
— William Hazelwood, Posted November 30th 2019 on google
The Staff was professional in there efforts of ease the pain I was experiencing. But most of all they were fun to be around. I find this to be the most important. How can you relax if the staff is not engaged with you and are concerned about your condition. Great job.
— William Hazelwood, Posted November 7th 2019 on google
I have enjoyed working with Brenda and all the staff at Syracuse and feel that progress is being made in my therapy. I was surprised to see how effective the pool therapy was.
— Rick Hill, Posted August 31st 2019 on google
I have enjoyed working with Brenda and all the staff at Syracuse and feel that progress is being made in my therapy. I was surprised to see how effective the pool therapy was.
— Rick Hill, Posted August 21st 2019 on google
I have had a great experience with the entire staff at Rock Run Physical Therapy. You get detailed one-on-one time while you are there to ensure that you are making progress. I have tried many different treatments for my issue, and am finally feeling relief and feel this is a long term solution to my pain.
— Lyndsie Crosby, Posted June 21st 2019 on google
I have had a great experience with the entire staff at Rock Run Physical Therapy. You get detailed one-on-one time while you are there to ensure that you are making progress. I have tried many different treatments for my issue, and am finally feeling relief and feel this is a long term solution to my pain.
— Lyndsie Crosby, Posted May 31st 2019 on google
Great staff with great PT support equipment and PT ideas to help you achieve your goal. I am wrapping up my knee replacement PT and have been very pleased with my experience. Brenda and her staff are amazing!
— Kevin Neville, Posted February 28th 2019 on google
Brenda is the best Pysical Therapist I've ever met! I've had aquatic therapy, astym, e-stem, etc., and have never left disappointed. However, I've left disappointed with many of the big PT chains in Layton, South Jordan, and West Point, but Rock Run in Syracuse is the only one I'll recommend because of the way I'm car...
— Lady Sylvia, Posted February 28th 2019 on google
Brenda, Bailey and the entire Rock Run team have been great! Always tailored care to my needs. Their scheduling is very flexible and convenient. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to get back on track physically. They listen to …
— Seth Teague, Posted February 22nd 2019 on google
Brenda is the best Pysical Therapist I've ever met! I've had aquatic therapy, astym, e-stem, etc., and have never left disappointed. However, I've left disappointed with many of the big PT chains in Layton, South Jordan, and West Point, but Rock Run in Syracuse is the only one I'll recommend because of the way I'm car...
— Lady Sylvia, Posted February 21st 2019 on google
Great staff with great PT support equipment and PT ideas to help you achieve your goal. I am wrapping up my knee replacement PT and have been very pleased with my experience. Brenda and her staff are amazing!
— Kevin Neville, Posted February 21st 2019 on google
Brenda, Bailey and the entire Rock Run team have been great! Always tailored care to my needs. Their scheduling is very flexible and convenient. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to get back on track physically. They listen to your concerns and create you a care plan based on what you say, how you are fee...
— Seth Teague, Posted February 21st 2019 on google
Brenda is the best Pysical Therapist I've ever met! I've had aquatic therapy, astym, e-stem, etc., and have never left disappointed. However, I've left disappointed with many of the big PT chains in Layton, South Jordan, and West Point, …
— Lady Sylvia, Posted February 13th 2019 on google
Brenda, Bailey and the entire Rock Run team have been great! Always tailored care to my needs. Their scheduling is very flexible and convenient. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to get back on track physically. They listen to your concerns and create you a care plan based on what you say, how you are fee...
— Seth Teague, Posted January 31st 2019 on google
Everyone At Rock Run was awesome. I was there a lot for a few weeks and felt like family. I am still doing the exercises that they recommend for me to do. I believe the laser and a stem treatments help immensely. A big hug and Thank you to all who helped with my recovery.
— Connie Bott, Posted January 31st 2019 on google
This was the second time that I received physical therapy treatments and each time everyone at Rock Run has far exceeded all of my expectations! Very caring and professional staff and extremely friendly. I highly recommend Rock Run Physical Therapy to everyone. A tremendous thank you to all of the sensational member...
— Clive Ingram, Posted January 31st 2019 on google
Awesome staff, great outcome from my personalized plan of care and rehab goals.
— Lisa Didier, Posted January 31st 2019 on google

Meet the Team


Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists- Syracuse, Brandon Hepner
Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists- Syracuse, Joshua Brown
Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists- Syracuse, Brenda Hogge
Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists- Syracuse, Jerrin
Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists- Syracuse, Amanda Embry
Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists- Syracuse, Don Carter
Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists- Syracuse, Bailee
Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists- Syracuse, Beth
Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists- Syracuse, Annie Calder

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