What is Dry-Needling?
Dry needling (not to be confused with acupuncture!) is a therapeutic technique that is used by physical therapists. The goal of dry needling is to activate a twitch response to loosen muscles and reduce muscle pain, in doing so dry needling is able to “reduce sensitivity in sensitive areas, restore range of motion and induce healing” (20, Dry Needling Level 1 IAMT).




                                       






 




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What Should I Expect?
When dry needling, our Therapist uses surgical steel needles that are made to minimize patient discomfort and maximize results. After your dry needling session you may experience soreness which is common after receiving this sort of treatment. Please keep in mind soreness from this typically subsides in a day or two.





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How do I know if I am a Candidate?
Dry needling is beneficial for a wide range of sports injuries. It is also beneficial for:
Plantar Fasciitis
Back Pain
Neck Pain
Arm Pain
Sciatica

What are the benefits?
The act of dry needling has many benefits:
- restored range of motion.
- accelerated healing time.
- relieves pain and tightness.
- restoration of original muscle function.

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R.I.C.E​

R.I.C.E is an acronym that stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation! R.I.C.E can help ease the soreness in that sprained ankle or tight lower back.  



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Managing Sciatica Nerve Pain 






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Sciatica is pain that radiates along the sciatica nerve throughout the lower back, buttocks & leg. 

Stretching for Relief 
Standing Hamstring Stretch: 
- Start by standing upright, then lift the affected leg straight out in front of you and rest the heel on a ledge or table that is about hip width high. While keeping the knee straight but soft, bend forward at the waist, be sure you are keeping the spine straight until you can feel a stretch in the back of the leg. Once you reach this position, hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds before releasing. Return to the starting position then repeat the steps with the other leg.

Knees to Chest:
​- Lay flat on your back with your knees bent and soles of the feet on the floor. Then,  slowly pull your knees into your chest and hold for 30 seconds before releasing the stretch. Feel free to repeat the stretch up to three times.



In Addition to Stretching...
Try adding a cold or hot compress to the inflamed area (lower back, buttock, thigh area) the first few days you experience sciatica pain. An over the counter anti-inflammatory can also help alleviate sudden symptoms.