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Anthony, Dry Needling

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle. Other terms commonly used to describe dry needling, include trigger point dry needling, and intramuscular manual therapy. Dry needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles.

Dry needling has been an emerging technique in the field of PT for the past decade and is starting to have a good body of evidence to support its usage. Dry needling can be used to treat most pain conditions including but not limited to:

  • Acute/Chronic injuries

  • Rotator cuff injuries

  • Headaches

  • Neck/Back pain

  • Tendinitis

  • Muscle Spasms

  • "Sciatica"

  • Hip/Knee pain

  • Muscle strains

  • Fibromyalgia

  • "Tennis/Golfer's Elbow"

  • PFPS

  • Overuse injuries

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Corrective Exercise

A corrective exercise by its simplest definition is a movement or exercise chosen to correct a specific dysfunction. One of the biggest misconceptions about corrective exercise is that there’s one best way to teach everyone everything. We believe that everyone is different and corrective exercises needs to be specialized to the individual who is in-front of us.

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Anthony, Soft Tissue Mobilization

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

IASTM is manual therapy/massage with tools. IASTM is a treatment which enables clinicians to efficiently locate and treat soft tissue dysfunction. Studies have also shown clinical benefits of IASTM showing improvements in range of motion, strength and pain perception following treatment. There are many different types of IASTM and at Total Balance, we like to incorporate the best of all of these into our treatment style. Some of the most recent research about IASTM stated "IASTM may have an impact on physiological changes by providing an increase in blood flow, reduction in tissue viscosity, myofascial release, interruption of pain receptors, and improvement of flexibility of underlying tissue. It is suggested that IASTM is an effective treatment intervention for reducing pain and improving function"

Manual Therapy/Manipulation

Manual Therapy is a tool that can be effectively used to get you out of pain and moving better. The International Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Physical Therapists defines manual therapy techniques as: "Skilled hand movements intended to produce any or all of the following effects: improve tissue extensibility; increase range of motion of the joint complex; mobilize or manipulate soft tissues and joints; induce relaxation; change muscle function; modulate pain; and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation or movement restriction." At Total Balance, we are highly trained at finding and utilizing manual techniques that facilitate getting you back to full function and getting you back to your normal daily activities. Whether you need your back "cracked" or your shoulder mobilized we are here to provide skilled hands-on care which will decrease pain and improve function.

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