Dry needling is a safe and effective method of treatment provided at evolution physical therapy to reduce pain and muscle tension, while simultaneously improving mobility. It has been proven to treat numerous musculoskeletal issues, including acute and chronic injuries, overuse injuries, neck pain, headaches, back pain, sciatica, muscle spasms, muscle strains, tendinitis, knee pain, hip pain, fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, TMJ and more.
So, how does it work?
When performing dry needling, our physical therapist will insert a sterile needle through the skin, into the underlying tendons, ligaments, or muscles that have been affected, in order to relieve pain, decrease muscle tension, and improve mobility. While it is a common misconception, dry needling is not acupuncture. It is based on a modern scientific study of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. While there are some similarities, dry needling is strictly based on Western medicine principles and research. Trigger Point Dry Needling is a technique used to treat myofascial trigger points. Myofascial trigger points are tender spots located in a tight band of muscle typically referred to as “knots.” Dry needling involves inserting a thin filament needle into the trigger point causing a reflex contraction (called a twitch response) resulting in relaxation of the muscle. Soreness lasting for ~12-36 hours is normal after the treatment. Trigger points typically result from a history of poor posture, injury, and are exacerbated by stress. Therefore, at Evolution Physical Therapy we are always addressing the root causes of trigger points to ensure they do not return.
Therapeutic exercise is a great way to restore function and live a pain-free life. Many people assume that anyone participating in physical therapy treatments is recovering from a recent surgery. However, that is not always the case. Physical therapy provides a multitude of benefits for anyone wishing to restore their strength, endurance, flexibility, or stability.
The many benefits of therapeutic exercise:
Exercise programs are aimed at improving health, so you can feel better than you did beforehand. Therapeutic exercise is similar in this way; however, it also implements targeted activities that are aimed at relieving pain and restoring you to your optimum level of physical function.
Postural Restoration recognizes that the human body functions in neuromuscular patterns which are asymmetrical in nature primarily due to the differences in your anatomy between the right to left sides, perception through your senses, and your environment. Therefore, we customize your treatment plan not only to you but also to the unique patterns on the right and left sides of your body.
Hours spent at desks, bending over keyboards, poor muscle tone, or simply poor posture habits can all lead to pain or injury. What you may not realize is that posture has a direct impact on muscle strength, balance, and risk of injury. Posture exercises are aimed at correcting poor posture, not just when you exercise, but also in your daily life activities to alleviate aches and pains.
Balance & Coordination Exercises
Every time you stand or sit, bones and muscles work in conjunction with one another to help you remain upright. Every time you stand, walk, sit, brush your teeth, cook a meal, or take care of your daily activities, you are testing your coordination between the muscular and skeletal systems in your body. Your ability to care for yourself or your loved ones depends on your ability to balance and coordinate your arms, legs, hands, and feet. That is why balance and coordination exercises are so important, especially after an injury or illness. If you cannot keep your balance or lose your coordination, you lose the ability to care for yourself.
Get Started on the Right Path Toward Natural, Safe, and Effective Pain Relief
Manual therapy is a crucial part of any treatment plan, as it helps to reduce pain and swelling, minimize inflammation, and increase range of motion.
Manual therapy is just one tool in a physical therapist’s kit that allows them to mobilize stiff joints and soft tissue. This specialized form of treatment helps in reducing swelling, decreasing restriction, mobilizing joints, and increasing your range of motion.
Manual therapy techniques may include, but are not limited to:
Soft Tissue Massage
Are you living with stiff or tight muscles? If so, you have what is called myofascial pain caused by muscular irritation.
How will myofascial release help me?
Myofascial release is a type of physical therapy treatment in the form of massage that helps alleviate pain by relieving tension within the affected muscles.
What conditions do myofascial release treat?
When muscles become constricted or tight, it can significantly impact your mobility. This can cause pain and limitations with movement. Fortunately, myofascial release works to reverse this by loosening up the constricted muscles, thus allowing for easier, pain-free movement.
There are several conditions that can be treated with myofascial release. Some of the most common include:
Myofascial Pain Syndrome:
This is the most commonly treated condition through myofascial release, and it can affect many of your muscles. The “trigger points” for your myofascial pain are determined and then massaged out.
Injuries can also cause muscle stiffness. The affected area will be massaged to loosen up the muscles and allow for a quicker healing process.
This condition can also cause stiffness in multiple muscles. The affected areas will be determined and then massaged.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder:
The muscles around the jaw are massaged through myofascial release in many patients with temporomandibular joint disorder. This decreases pain and inflammation, as well as increases mobility of the jaw.
Myofascial release can help reduce the amount of blood pooled in the veins and allow for more efficient blood flow, decreasing the pain felt in the veins.
We will also continue to offer Telehealth. Telehealth is the delivery of healthcare service utilizing communication technology.
How telehealth works:
We will have a face to face conversation about your issue, just like we would in person. You will be asked to go through a series of movements and tests for a comprehensive examination. After you are evaluated, a home program will be prescribed. Follow up appointments are scheduled once a week or every other week. depending on your needs. You are able to communicate with your PT during the course of your treatment.
Conditions We Treat
Orthopedic and Sports Injuries
• Rotator Cuff Impingement
• Adhesive Capsulitis
• Ankle Injuries
• Hip and Knee Disorders
• Back / Neck Pain
• Disc Herniation
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Vestibular Rehabilitation / Dizziness
• Cervicogenic Headache
• Balance & Fall Prevention
• Generalized Weakness
• Difficulty With Walking / Gait
Post -Surgical Rehab
• ACL Reconstruction
• Hip & Knee Replacement
• Arthroscopy Procedure
• Labral Repair
• Spinal Procedure