We ARE OPEN at all three locations every day from 8-5. We are continuing to provide the safest environment as we possibly can. Our staff is following ALL CDC guidelines, and we will continue to do so!
As a reminder, we are:
- Asking patients to call when they get to the office in order to keep the waiting room clear.
- Asking caregivers to wait in the car to help keep interactions with others limited.
- COVID question screening patients over the phone before they make their first appt.
- Checking temperatures upon arrival.
- Requiring hand sanitization pre- and post-treatment session.
- Cleaning per CDC guidelines before and after every single patient.
- Staggering the schedule so there is less interaction between patients when checking in and out of the front desk.
Now offering NEW EVIDENCED-BASED treatment services at our Hampstead Physical Therapy location.
The name “dry needling” may sound a little intimidating, but it’s actually a very safe procedure that causes minimal discomfort for people with a specific kind of musculoskeletal presentation. Our skilled, trained physical therapists are certified to perform this procedure. During dry needling sessions, we use a monofilament needle to penetrate the skin, which treats any underlying muscular trigger points to reduce neuromusculoskeletal pain.
We only insert the needle at trigger points, which are where a contracture in the tight band of a muscle can pop up. When this happens, disrupted function and restricted range of motion can occur, as well as local tenderness and pain. By using dry needling at these trigger points, the tightness in the banding relaxes, allowing for increased blood flow and reduced pain.
Although dry needling uses similar needles to acupuncture, it is a completely different procedure. One of the main differences is that dry needling was established in Western medicine, while acupuncture uses principles from Eastern medicine.
The purpose of dry needling is to deactivate trigger points, reduce pain, and restore movement and function. We often recommend dry needling as part of a broader physical therapy plan. We may suggest this procedure if you suffer from a musculoskeletal issue that affects your hips, heels, neck, shoulders, or back.
Cold Laser Therapy
Using low levels of light, cold laser therapy can stimulate the healing process within your body tissue. The level of light used during this procedure is very low, and not enough to heat any part of the tissue in your body. When compared to other types of laser therapy, like those used to coagulate tissue or destroy tumors, the level of light used is almost negligible.
During cold laser therapy sessions, we use different outputs and wavelengths of low-level light and apply them to targeted areas. After absorbing the light, your body tissue experiences a reaction at the cellular level that increases regeneration. If we want to penetrate deeper into the body tissue, we will use light wavelengths ranging between 780 and 950 nm. But if we want to treat your body’s superficial tissue, we will use wavelengths between 600 and 700 nm. You may feel the laser device touch your skin as we complete the session, but you will not hear any sounds or feel any heat or vibrations. In most cases, all you need to complete a cold laser therapy session is a few minutes.
We typically recommend cold laser therapy to repair tissue and help our patients find relief from inflammation and pain. Ligament strains, tendonitis, bursitis, muscle strains, tennis elbow, neck pain, lower back pain, knee pain, and pain associated from muscle spasms may all benefit from cold laser therapy. This type of laser therapy can also be used to reduce swelling and promote healing within your joints and soft tissue.
Please join us in welcoming Erika Finn, DPT to our Sneads Ferry location! Her first day was Wed, January 20th!
Erika Finn graduated from Shenandoah University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has worked in a variety of settings, including outpatient orthopedics, home health, acute care, and skilled nursing. Erika has a special interest in women’s health and treating pelvic floor dysfunction. She is also a pregnancy and postpartum correct exercise specialist. Erika believes in a comprehensive and individualized approach to therapy and finding the why/root cause of a person’s primary complaint. Erika recently moved to the area from Pittsburgh, PA and is excited to help improve the quality of life of her community’s members. Erika enjoys working out and spending time with her fiancé and dog either on their boat or at the beach.
Humana Medicare PPO
Although we are NOT IN NETWORK, never fear! IN- AND OUT-OF-NETWORK BENEFITS ARE THE SAME. Please call the office if you have questions.
Humana Medicare HMO may not offer in- and out-of-network benefits. Give us a call, and we will be happy to check for you!