Description of Services
Dry needling uses a thin, flexible, sterile needle to penetrate the skin, creating a healing response in the lesioned tissue. It is often used in relieving pain due to muscle trigger points, decrease muscle spasm, and reduce swelling. Dry needling techniques use the same types of needles used in acupuncture. However, they are different treatments.
Dry needling uses western neuroscience and biomechanics, rather than Traditional Chinese Medicine theory of “Chi” energy with acupuncture. Dry needling is “dry” because at no time will a fluid or medication be injected into your body.
Spine and Joint Mobilization
Mobilizations are specialized, hands-on techniques that loosen scar tissue and adhesions in restricted joints in the spine, pelvis, arms, and legs. The therapist applies force in specific directions to joints that are not moving correctly, restoring their normal sliding motion. This treatment often eliminates painful muscle spasms that can accompany restricted joints.
Instrumented Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
IASTM uses hand-held tools, such as metal or plastic, to aid in the detection and treatment of scar tissue and adhesions in muscles and fascia. The tools allow the therapist to apply precise forces to small areas of scar tissue, increasing blood flow, and creating a healing response that triggers the production of stronger tissue.
Cupping involves the use of negative pressure to create a suctioning or “lifting” effect on the skin, muscles, and fascia. Originating in ancient Greece and known for its use in Chinese medicine, modern cupping methods are used to stretch and release scar tissue, increase blood flow, and decrease swelling. Cupping can also help relieve pressure on trapped nerves, reducing pain, numbness, and tingling.
Myofascial release is a hands-on treatment that restores movement to tissues that surround your muscles called fascia. Specific forces are directed to the fascia to release adhesions and scar tissue and relieve pain, swelling, and inflammation. Myofascial release can also be used to improve the function of your nerves, that when irritated or trapped can cause numbness, tingling, and radiating pain.
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging
Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive technology that uses sound waves to produce pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints throughout the body. We use this technology to evaluate the severity of the injury as well as monitor the healing process of soft tissue conditions. Imaging occurs in real time and can be applied during movement, allowing us to visualize the area as you perform the motions or activities that cause pain.
Foot orthotics are supports placed in your shoes to help the foot and ankle move better, thereby reducing pain and stress to the foot, as well as to the knees and lower back. While strong feet, thin, flexible shoes, and more time spent in barefoot activities can often prevent the need for orthotics, tactical professionals are rarely able to enjoy sufficient time under these conditions. After we take foot measurements and perform a gait analysis, an insert designed by Vasyli, SOLE, Superfeet, or a custom option is inserted into your shoe and then adjusted to help redistribute loads across the foot and balance your gait pattern.
We utilize cameras to analyze your running form in slow motion and discover anything that could be leading to current or future injury, or hindering your efficiency and performance. We identify your natural stride and running mechanics and evaluate whether or not your current running shoes are helping or hindering that pattern. Being able to see yourself run (in slow motion) from different angles will allow you as a runner to understand where problems may be occurring, and more easily make subtle changes to your form.
Fitness & Reconditioning Programs
Have you healed up from an injury but are having trouble getting back to your previous level of fitness? Do you have a rehab program, but it doesn’t seem to be working? After learning about your current workouts, we will help you bridge the gap between “healed” and “ready” by designing an exercise program to regain or exceed your previous fitness levels. Fitness services are provided by a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, ensuring that programs are designed to prevent injury and improve performance using rigorously testing methods. Email and phone support helps to troubleshoot problems and ensure progress.
Mobility and Injury Risk Assessment
Do you ever deal with the same injuries over and over again? Have you stopped doing activities that you enjoy because you fear that the same pain or a new pain will appear? Is your fitness or performance declining and you don’t know why?
Movement screening can identify risk factors that might be causing repeated injuries that derail you from achieving your fitness or athletic goals. We will walk you through a movement screen to identify any areas of stiffness or weakness that need to attention. We will then create a custom exercise program tailored to meet your needs.
** Please note that this type of session is not for evaluating and treating any current injuries. If nagging pain or injury is affecting you, please call (910) 518-6040 or click here to book an Initial Visit evaluation and treatment appointment.
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