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All About Dry Needling Therapy!

Curious about Dry Needling at Linebarger Chiropractic? Read on to learn all the details about this innovative new service.

Dry Needling Therapy can help to treat Neuromuscular and Musculoskeletal Pain by addressing Trigger Points in muscles. Trigger Points are typically taut and tender areas in a hyperirritable muscle. Dry Needling can help to decrease pain, improve mobility and support healing and recovery.

Muscles are meant to contract and relax. When a muscle doesn’t get a chance to relax optimally, that area of muscle can become deprived of optimal blood flow, creating restriction in the muscle fibers and surrounding fascial layers. Trigger points can send pain signals to areas distant to their actual origin. There are multiple common referred myofascial pain patterns in the body. We can work through your symptoms to discover if your discomfort may be referring from a distant muscle.

Dry Needling in our office is gentle and comfortable, due to the fact that our technique doesn’t involve any movement of the needle! There is no digging into a trigger point, no pecking into bone and no rotating the needle. This makes this therapy much more comfortable than typical Dry Needling experiences. Most patients have zero pain with this technique. The most commonly reported sensation is mild achiness in the area while the needle is being set, which fades once it is in place. Once set, needles stay in place for several minutes, generally between 8-20 minutes – the exact length of time depends on the area being treated, patient tolerance and severity of Trigger Points. Dr. Erica is trained to Dry Needle throughout the body, including the spine and the neck.

Dry Needling is not Acupuncture. While we use the same needles as acupuncturists, the two are very different. Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been used for centuries to treat ailments in every system in the body. Dry Needling is a newer therapy, developed within the last 50 years and focuses exclusively on addressing musculoskeletal dysfunction, specifically trigger points and the referred pain they create.

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Linebarger Chiropractic and Sports Injury Clinic
406-586-1531 4181 Fallon Street Suite 3
Bozeman Montana 59718


What is it and who gets it?

Tennis Elbow is a painful condition of the elbow, caused by overuse. Inflammation, or in some cases- micro-tears of the tendons located on the outside of the elbow cause pain associated with Tennis Elbow. Racket sports players including pickleball and racquetball are very commonly affected by Lateral Epicondylitis because of the repetitive motions involved in striking the ball.

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Influence of Paddle Properties on Injuries

Paddle Core Thickness: Energy transference is key here. A thin core paddle absorbs less energy than a thicker core, and the body absorbs more of the mechanical load of the hit. Thin Core Paddles will likely be lighter, and provide more agility and “pop”, while paddles with a thicker core will provide more consistency and control. A thicker paddle will reduce strain on the arm.

Grip: lower force grips have been shown to reduce mechanical
loads placed on the arm.

Strike Location: Off- center ball impacts result in greater vibration magnitude than hits at center.

Why does it happen?

Capacity vs. Demand: All musculoskeletal structures in the body have a limited capacity for stress. Once demand placed on structures is higher than tissue capacity, injury can occur. Tennis elbow is a prime example of demand exceeding capacity over time.


Make sure your paddle or racket is a good fit for you! Lighter weight, thicker core and larger grips may help to reduce strain on tendons. Use your core and lower body to generate power rather than just your arm
Stretch & Strengthen forearms daily

At Home Exercises

Exercise 1

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Step 1: Palm faces up and away from you, gently press fingers back toward your body

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Step 2: Continue the stretch by alternating between bending your elbow and straightening

Tip:  Y ou can try this stretch on the wall, or with your hand on a table, fingers facing you

Exercise 2

Tennis Elbow Exercise 2

Exercise 3

Tennis Elbow Exercise 3

We Can Help! The team at Linebarger Chiropractic is ready to help guide you through recovery and strengthening! Feel free to call or walk-in to our clinic and we can help you get back to the game you love!

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 Meet Dr. Erica

Dr. Erica is a chiropractor who helps active people of all ages overcome chronic pain patterns and injuries, while restoring and optimizing movement. She focuses on finding the root cause of dysfunction and addresses issues using a combination of chiropractic techniques, dry needling, myofascial muscle work, mobility and strength exercises.

In addition, Erica specializes in helping women maintain and build their athleticism through all of life’s stages – including pregnancy and postpartum.  Dr. Erica is a Webster Certified prenatal chiropractor, a specialty training specific to addressing common musculoskeletal pain during pregnancy.

Experiencing the positive impacts of chiropractic care sparked Dr. Erica’s interest in becoming a chiropractor herself, after chiropractic helped her to find lasting relief from chronic migraines. After graduating from Rocky Mountain College, she attended Parker University in Dallas, Texas for her chiropractic education. Dr. Erica also holds a Masters Degree in Strength and Human Performance – giving her even more depth of knowledge when it comes to working with athletes and active people of all ages.

Dr. Erica is excited to be back in her hometown helping people recover faster, move better and keep doing all things they love to do!

Dr. Erica is certified in a variety of techniques including : Dry Needling, Myofascial Decompression Cupping, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, Functional Range Conditioning and Taping. She uses a variety of chiropractic techniques including manual adjustments, as well as gentle styles including Thompson, Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT)  and Activator.

Linebarger Chiropractic Named in Gallatin’s Greatest List 2020

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle polled it’s readers in March 2020 for their opinions on the businesses which go out of their way to give back to our community.  Clete Linebarger and Linebarger Chiropractic was named the “Greatest Chiropractor”.  Thank you Bozeman for your support!  


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 COVID-19 Response

Linebarger Chiropractic is concerned about the occurrence of the COVID-19 (Novel coronavirus). As we respond to the rapid changing environment, the safety of our patients, staff and doctor remain our highest priority.

During these challenging times we are planning on staying open to serve our patients and the community.

We continue to closely monitor recommendations and protocols established by the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC, and local health departments.

As a pre-cautionary measure, we have implemented increased hygiene routines, check in process that considers social distancing and clinic procedures outlined by healthcare organizations in the chiropractic profession.

We recommend patients follow guidelines issued by the CDC and local Health Department. If you are ill, been in contact with anyone that is ill or recently traveled to a high risk COVID-19 region or if you are in a high risk demographic please do not come in.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during these challenging times.

Experience Dry Needling for Pain Treatment from Linebarger Chiropractic

Dr. Linebarger is now certified in dry needling and will use it as part of a larger treatment plan to effectively manage conditions like shoulder pain, back pain, neck pain, headaches, tennis/golf elbow and more.  Dry needling can loosen stiff muscles, ease joint pain and improve blood flow.  It is used to help patients recover faster from injury, optimize sports performance or prevent issues from becoming chronic.

For more information contact our office at 586-1531.