Dry needling is an effective treatment approach for both chronic and acute problems. Physical Therapists generally use this technique to address chronic muscle tension known as trigger points, but we also use it for headaches, neck pain, low back pain and acute strains/sprains.
Dry needling involves advancing an “acupuncture style” monofilament needle into a muscle in an effort to deactivate acute painful muscle spasm or chronic muscle soreness/tension. Patients often feel positive results in one or two visits depending on the complexity of their problem, and typically have minimal soreness afterwards.
Call any of our locations today to discuss your condition and decide if dry needling may be beneficial to you.
Did you know there are over a million baseball and softball injuries in the U.S. yearly? Overuse injuries in the back, shoulder and elbow contribute to pain and can lead to additional problems in the future.
Here’s the good news… many of your symptoms can be treated without surgery in the convenience of an Excel Therapy clinic.
Our therapists are highly skilled in a variety of treatments, including ASYTM, dry needling, and manual therapy. These techniques are effective in relieving a player’s pain and getting them back on the field in no time!
We hope you never need us, but if you do, recommend
Excel Therapy to your physician.
Because you DO have a choice!
“For several years I have felt tightness and soreness in my right hamstring. I don’t remember hurting myself, so what could be the problem?”
Based on your description, it seems we can rule out an actual hamstring injury. There are several other possible sources of your pain and they all involve referral of pain.
A lumbar facet joint with restricted mobility can result in tightness in the hamstring.
Decreased neutral mobility of certain lumbar nerve roots, or the sciatic nerve, may result in hamstring pain.
Trigger points in certain hop muscles may refer pain to various areas of the leg.
Spine arthritic changes can result in inflammation, which then may refer pain into the leg.
This list is only a few possibilities. Consultation with a physical therapist to determine the cause of your pain would be beneficial. Techniques I often use for these problems include neural mobilization, dry needling, joint mobilization, and various stretching and strengthening exercised.
Tim Minnick, PT