Frequently Asked Questions
It is a combination of examination and treatment. The provider uses their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness, and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Treatment of the abnormal tissues is a combination of precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. Each movement combination is unique to each patient and their needs.
Cold therapy is a form of cryotherapy that reduces blood flow to a particular area. The reduction of blood flow decreases inflammation and swelling that would otherwise cause pain and discomfort in nerves, joints, and tendons.
Compression therapy mimics the body’s natural movements, creating a muscle pump of the legs and arms that enhance the movement of fluid and metabolites out of the limbs after an intense workout. This also prevents the backflow of fluids and increases the productivity of the rest period of the muscles by holding the pulse period.
Call our office to rent a portable Game Ready Ice Machine for your recovery. Talk to us about what wrap you need to target the specific area of your body that is healing. We will then discuss pressure, length of use, and other factors important to using the Game Ready during your recovery process.
Outside of the use of inserting needles into the skin, the two practices are quite different. Acupuncture is based on Chinese medicine, and Dry Needling is based on Western medicine techniques. Acupuncture is used to treat a variety of symptoms like headaches, nausea, etc. Dry Needling focuses on the alleviation of muscle soreness and pain.
Acupuncture needles are inserted based on meridian lines, and Dry Needling needles are inserted into trigger points along muscles. Acupuncture is also highly associated with spiritual healing, and Dry Needling has been found as a useful technique for physical therapy.
Some of the symptoms present as body aches and stiffness, pain that worsens with movement, decreased range of motion, a feeling of overworked muscles, twitching of the muscles or a burning sensation in the muscles, weakness, fatigue, and/or difficulty sleeping.