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How dry needling aids physical therapy treatment

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When we overexert ourselves and damage our tissues, pain is usually an indication that it may be time to seek medical attention. If you’re suffering from a musculoskeletal injury—injury to the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments or nerves—physical therapy may be your best option for full recovery.

Musculoskeletal injuries can be caused by actions as simple as falls or direct hits to the muscles, and include fractures, sprains and dislocations. One physical therapy treatment that is growing in popularity for these injuries is dry needling. Dry needling uses a thin needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues to decrease pain and restore full range of movement. I tell my patients to imagine a physical therapist placing a needle directly into their muscles’ “knots” to loosen them and promote tissue healing.

Dry needling is appropriate for treatment of numerous diagnoses ranging from acute injuries to chronic conditions, and can be performed on individuals of all ages. Some of the benefits include:

  • Decreased pain
  • Decreased movement impairments
  • Increased blood flow to tissues
  • Increased muscle relaxation
  • Decreased banding (tightness) in muscles, allowing the muscle to contract with less pain
  • Decreased inflammation in the tissues

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Friendship, exercise and relaxation for cancer patients

PEACEAre you or someone you know currently in cancer treatment, recently finished treatment or a long-term survivor and need a place to find friendship, encouragement and help for mind, body and spirit? Mercy Medical Center’s PEACE exercise and relaxation program serves people in all stages of their journey with cancer.

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Bouncing back from cancer: rehab services

Many people may understand the benefits of receiving rehabilitative therapies (physical, occupational and/or speech therapy) after a car accident, back surgery, or a stroke, but for… cancer?

The answer is a resounding YES!

During cancer treatment, rehabilitative therapies can offer care in treating surgical scars, reducing swelling, improving joint motion and strength, managing chronic fatigue, cancer-related pain and chemo-induced neuropathy.

Cancer survivorship (post cancer treatment) is about staying strong, being fit and preventing cancer recurrence. Exercising 3-5 hours per week has been shown to have a positive influence in cancer care short and long term.

Rehabilitative therapies can help a person develop an appropriate exercise program taking into account their blood count levels, fatigue levels, target heart rate and lifestyle.

For more information, visit the American Cancer Society website.

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