Dry needling is an invasive procedure in which a fine filament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point (or a knot). The insertion of the needle can cause favorable biochemical changes, which assist in reducing pain and muscle tension. Muscles are thought to be a primary contributing factor to a variety of musculoskeletal problems such as:
Neck pain Shoulder pain Back pain Arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, golfer’s elbow) Leg pain (sciatica, hamstring strains, calf tightness/spasms, etc.) Buttock pain Jaw pain (TMJ Disorder) Headaches (including migraines and tension-type headaches)
Myofascial Decompression (Cupping)
What is it?
Cupping massage therapy mimics manual deep tissue and myofascial release, but “in reverse” --- instead of pressing down on the tissue, it is pulled up. This technique is excellent for patients with tenderness to pressure, as there is no painful pressure. The suction or negative pressure produced by the cups are beneficial to relieve many conditions, such as common muscle fatigue, myofascial pain, chronic aches and pains, and stiff, achy, and even arthritic joints. Cupping works through the following physiological processes:
Lift connective tissue Loosen adhesions Release rigid soft tissue (myofascial release) Activate the lymphatic system Drain excess fluids Draw out inflammation Create toxin release Bring blood flow to stagnant skin and muscle Stimulate the peripheral nervous system Improve circulation and blood flow
Manual Therapy Techniques
Manual physical therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy delivered with the hands as opposed to a device or machine. In manual therapy, practitioners use their hands to put pressure on muscle tissue and manipulate joints in an attempt to decrease musculoskeletal pain caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension, and joint dysfunction.
Therapeutic exercise is defined as bodily movement prescribed to correct an impairment, improve musculoskeletal function, or maintain a state of well-being. It may vary from highly selected activities restricted to specific muscles or parts of the body, to general and vigorous activities that can return a convalescing patient to the peak of physical condition. Therapeutic exercise seeks to accomplish the following goals:
Enable ambulation Release contracted muscles, tendons, and fascia Mobilize joints Improve circulation Improve respiratory capacity Improve coordination Reduce rigidity Improve balance Promote relaxation Improve muscle strength and, if possible, achieve and maintain maximal voluntary contractile force (MVC) Improve exercise performance and functional capacity (endurance)
At Optimal Physical Therapy we offer a team of licensed professionals who provide a variety of workers’ compensation services. Documentation and evaluations are provided using Occupro software with easy to follow treatment program and return to work guidelines.
With our injury rehabilitation and prevention we can help return injured workers to their previous job and reduce the cost of claims.
Pneumatic compression devices consist of an inflatable garment for the arm, leg, trunk, or chest and an electrical pneumatic pump that fills the garment with compressed air. The garment is intermittently inflated and deflated with cycle times and pressures that vary between devices.
A pneumatic compression device does much more than static compression alone can do. Static compression helps prevent the formation of edema and reduces swelling by exerting external pressure on the injury. The pressure inhibits the loss of fluid from vessels in the damaged tissues and makes it more difficult for them to accumulate. While this is useful, a pneumatic compression device enhances the benefits of static compression and offers even more reasons for patients to use one to treat an injury or recover from a surgical procedure.