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Recover quicker with Dry Needling

Dry needling is a popular modality used by physical therapists to stimulate healing, decrease pain, and relieve muscles spasms. It can improve muscle, joint, and ligament injuries by improving myofascial tightness and trigger points. Backed by evidence-based research, dry needling is great tool to help you get back to your activities without limitations.

Dry needling helps "reset" your muscles for improved symptoms.

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About East West Wellness & Rehab

East West Wellness & Rehab was founded by our licensed physical therapist, Dr. Katherin Duong, as a way to bridge the gap in our current healthcare system and provide quality care to patients. Growing up with traditional Chinese medicine and experiencing the benefits of Eastern medicine firsthand, she wanted to combine the practice with her knowledge and clinical expertise as a physical therapist to give patients greater options in their healing journey. She provides a contemporary healing experience, focusing on not only the physical aspects of health, but also the connections it has with mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

East West Wellness & Rehab offers physical therapy, cupping therapy, dry needling, and personal training services. Every session is one-on-one with our licensed physical therapist, allowing us to understand your specific goals and tailor your wellness + rehab program to fit your lifestyle. Along with the personalized visits, our comprehensive care utilizing holistic modalities and patient-collaborative care helps you achieve amazing results in a shorter period of time.

Our team has worked with people of all ages and varying injuries, getting them long-lasting results. We specialize in cupping therapy, dry needling, and treating back pain, but have extensive experience with return-to-sport athletes, knee pain, ankle sprains, shoulder injuries, headaches, chronic pain conditions, and much more.

Our goal is always to help you move better, feel better, and function better. We are passionate about patient education and empowering individuals to take an active role in their healing process to achieve optimal wellbeing.

Our office is located on Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, VA and is easily accessible to the people of Alexandria, Springfield, Lorton, Kingstowne, Franconia, Burke, Annandale, and Merrifield.

For greater convenience, we also offer in-home, mobile services to those residing in Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and Prince William County

8 Benefits of Dry Needling
with East West Wellness & Rehab

Decreases inflammation

Needles increase circulation to targeted regions, promoting the healing process and decreasing inflammation and pain. This is a popular treatment option for conditions such as Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and bursitis.

Decreases pain

Research shows that dry needling can be effective in treating a variety of conditions such as chronic pain, tension headaches, and sports-related injuries. Dry needling can target trigger points to release local tension and promote blood flow, which enhances tissue healing and rejuvenation.

Improves range of motion

Creating microtrauma in injured tissue, dry needling can reset and relax muscle tissue, allowing for improved range of motion.


Releasing trigger points and pain levels allows for proper muscle activation for greater strengthening.

Improved sleep

Dry needling decreases central and peripheral sensitization for improved quality of sleep. It can help with a range of health issues including anxiety, stress, depression, and insomnia to provide better sleep.

Decrease muscle tightness

Needling decreases muscle tightness by enhancing circulation and relaxing the targeted muscles. It uses microtrauma to reset the tissue and break up adhesions to release muscle tension.


Through microtrauma, dry needling naturally stimulates the healing process and is an effective way to address injuries such as Achilles tendonitis, shoulder impingement, Golfer’s elbow, and knee pain

Improves scars

Dry needling can decrease tissue adhesions, including scars, created by past injuries. This method can help improve tissue elasticity, range of motion, and circulation in the affected area.

Meet The Therapist

Dr. Kathy Duong

Owner, Physical Therapist
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Why Dry Needling with East West Will Get You Results

Common Injuries We Can
Heal with Dry Needling

Dry needling is a safe and effective technique often used by physical therapists to help reduce muscle tension, promote blood flow, and decrease pain. It has helped many people improve their symptoms and return to their activities, pain-free and without limitations.

Dry needling uses a thin, sterile needle to target specific points in muscles, joints, and ligaments. While the needles used for dry needling are the same as the acupuncture needles, these two healing techniques are not the same. Acupuncture is based from traditional Chinese medicine practices to help the flow of energy (qi) within meridians, while dry needling uses Westernized principles to help promote the body's natural healing response in tissues.

Evidence-based research continues to show dry needling to be beneficial in many orthopedic, chronic, and neuromuscular conditions. Utilizing electrical stimulation alongside the needles has shown to promote even greater healing properties to help with pain relief, decreasing inflammation, stimulating blood flow, and improving sleep.

For the best results, we recommend dry needling to be used in combination with physical therapy. While dry needling may help with symptom relief, physical therapy allows us to address the root cause of the condition. It is important to follow-up with manual therapy, strengthening exercises, stretches and mobility movements, and patient education after dry needling.

Neck and shoulder injuries
Golfer’s and Tennis Elbow
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Knee Osteoarthritis
Chronic ankle sprains
Achilles Tendonitis
Plantar Fasciitis
Back pain

Inside Look

What to Expect During a
Dry Needling Session

Many have experienced great results following the first session of dry needling, with improvements in range of motion and pain. However, we recommend at least four sessions for proper progression of dosing and to achieve long-term results with symptom relief.

Safety Precautions & Protocol (5 min)
Dry Needling (20-30 min)
Soft Tissue Massage (5 min)
Loading (5-10 min)
Patient Education (5-10 min)


Great experience and highly recommend!
Shifting to work from home resulted in lengthy hours at my desk and subsequently back and knee pain. Kathy was able to not only immediately relieve pain but also provide a plan to avoid recurrence. Great experience and highly recommend!
David P.
Kathy is super knowledgeable
Highly recommend for cupping, especially if you are new to it! Kathy is super knowledgeable and gives great advice and recommendations
Mary D.
Loved my first cupping massage experience.
Loved my first cupping massage experience. Kathy was very professional and answered all my questions. Would and did highly recommend her mobile services to everyone who is curious about cupping.
Kori T.

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Have Questions about Dry Needling?

Dry needling can improve many conditions including:
  • Headaches
  • TMJ/Jaw pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer's elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Knee pain
  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Bursitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • And more!
Since the needles used are very thin, most people do not feel the needle being inserted. Once placed on the specific point, patients may feel an aching if the area is more sensitive. If it is painful or uncomfortable, needles may be removed. Dry needling is always tailored to the patient's comfort level and what the patient can tolerate.
After dry needling, many patients may feel sore in the region needled. Soreness is comparable to the soreness following a challenging workout, and may persist for 1-2 days. To decrease the side effects, I recommend staying active and using ice/heat packs as needed. Other side effects may include tiredness or drowsiness due to the healing effects of dry needling.
For better results, dry needling is best used in combination with physical therapy. While dry needling may help with symptom relief, physical therapy allows us to address the root cause of the condition. Following up dry needling with manual therapy, strengthening/mobility exercises, and patient education allows for a quicker recovery period and longer-lasting results.
For most people, results can be seen following the first session with improved range of motion and decreased pain. However, four sessions are recommended in order to address the symptoms completely and to allow for proper progression of dosing.
Before your session, it's recommended to have a light snack and to hydrate. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows for the body region to be easily accessed. Additionally, have all required forms completed prior to your appointment.
At the beginning of your dry needling session, we'll go safety precautions, expectations, and post-cupping protocol to provide a comfortable experience. For the dry needling portion, we can work up to two body parts depending on the regions. During the first session, the needles will stay on for about 10 minutes depending on the recommended dosage from out physical therapist. For the following sessions, dosage may be increased in either time duration, number of needles, or manipulation of needles. Additionally, an electrical stimulation machine may be used with the needles to promote increased healing. After dry needling is completed, we'll follow up with a little bit of soft tissue massage and loading to help decrease soreness. Lastly, we always provide patient education to allow for the best results with dry needling.
In the state of Virginia, you are not required to have a referral from a physician to receive dry needling.
We'd love to answer any questions you may still have. You can schedule a complimentary consultation, email [email protected], or call/text us at 571-777-1515.

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