Dry Needling Now Available
Covenant Health Therapy Center – Downtown at Fort Sanders Regional provides personalized physical therapy with an emphasis on one-on-one care. The physical therapists are highly educated and experienced in the treatment of complex, painful conditions.
What is Dry Needling?
Physical therapists use dry needling to release or inactivate trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Physical therapists may use dry needling as part of an overall treatment plan.
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.
Who can it help – and how?
Dry needling is beneficial for patients who have pain, tight musculature, limitations in movement, and weakness. Dry needling can be effective in treating pain and dysfunction in areas such as:
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle tension
- Sprains and strains
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Hip, knee, ankle and foot problems
- Hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder problem
What else should we know about dry needling?
Physical therapists are legally required to attend continuing education specifically for dry needling. It is rarely a stand-alone treatment and is usually incorporated into treatment with physical therapy.
Our clinicians are trained in special techniques and have certifications to meet the needs of a variety of patients. We have therapists certified in dry needling and Astym therapy, a deep-tissue massage technique.
Covenant Health Therapy Center – Downtown is open Monday through Friday with late-day appointments available. For more information, call (865) 331-1300 or visit CovenantHealth.com/Therapy-Centers.