What is dry needling?
Dry needling is a manual therapy performed by a licensed physical therapist who has specific training to perform this technique. It involves the use of a metal filiform (thread-like) needle that is made from stainless steel. The therapist first uses their fingers to locate the trigger point in the muscle then inserts the needle at the trigger point and pistons the needle up and down to elicit a twitch causing the release of the trigger point. Once the trigger point is released the muscle relaxes and there is usually an immediate improvement in flexibility, range of motion and pain relief.
What is Cupping?
Is a manual therapy technique performed by a licensed physical therapist who has had specific training to perform this technique. It involves the use of silicone cups to create a vacuum causing a negative pressure that lifts the tissue to improve blood flow, flush away toxins, improve lymphatic flow, release myofascial restriction and improve tissue mobility.
What is Graston Technique?
It is a manual therapy technique performed by a licensed physical therapist who has had specific training to perform this technique. It involves the use of various shaped stainless steel tools, each one specifically designed to work a part of the body based on shape, size and contour. Under the therapist guidance the instrument is stroked along muscle, tendon and/or ligament to promote blood flow, break up adhesions, break up myofascial restrictions and improve tissue mobility.
What is a pilates/yoga based exercise program?
A Pilates based exercise program improves body awareness, strength and flexibility resulting in getting in touch with one’s core muscle group (basically all the muscles of your torso, including your diaphragm). Once an individual begins making these changes, it is just a matter of time and practice before the neuromuscular system (connection between brain and nerves) is retrained and the habit of good posture is formed. These new habits transform immediately into everyday activity.
What My Patients Say:
When I started dry needling with Emily I was having issues on my right side, specifically shoulder, wrist and hip pain. Emily is incredibly knowledgeable about the body and the ways it compensates, creating pain from being out of balance. She knew which areas to work on that I never would have guessed were contributing to my issues –lats in my case. She helped me connect aspects of my body that have decreased my pain significantly and helped make gains in my physical pursuits.
– Client, June 2019
What is a trigger point?
Is a hyperirritable localized spot(s) within a muscle. They might feel like a knot or ropey and are usually tender. A trigger point can cause local or referred pain, weakness, numbness, tingling and tightness. Trigger points can occur from trauma, overuse, repetitive movement, poor posture, emotional and physical stress.
What is a myofascial restriction?
Myo meaning muscle, fascia meaning the connective tissue that forms a three-dimensional network around your muscles for support and shape. Muscles are made of many cells that are long cylindrical fibers and each one is wrapped in myofascia. A good analogy for this is the membrane of a grapefruit that wraps around the juice segment (the part we eat) as seen when the grapefruit is cut in half.
Myofascial restriction occurs when there is not enough space between the muscle fibers and this can cause the fibers to stick together. When this happens the muscle loses flexibility, strength and will often develop trigger points.
Releasing these myofascial restrictions is key to relieving many forms of chronic, acute pain and dysfunction.