What conditions can be treated with Dry Needling? • Neck pain • Low back pain • Repetitive stress injuries • Cervicogenic headaches • Carpal tunnel syndrome • Knee osteoarthritis • TMJ dysfunction • Plantar fasciitis • Hip bursitis • Tendinitis/ tendinopathy • Adhesive capsulitis (Frozen shoulder) • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction • Sciatic nerve pain • Gluteal tendinopathy • Hip osteoarthritis • Tarsal tunnel syndrome • Shin splints
What is dry needling?Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin, monofilament needle to penetrate the skin to stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular tissue and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.How does dry needling work?When a needle tip passes through the skin and hits a trigger point, a local twitch response in the muscle is often seen and felt. The needles in the muscle produce a twitch response that is followed by a dramatic reduction in muscle tension which leads to pain reduction and increased function. Dry Needling also leads to the body’s release of endogenous opioids and initiates healing.Is dry needling painful?Mild discomfort is normal response that is often short lived. Patients may experience a deep ache or referred pain which is a positive indication that the procedure is being performed correctly. Most people feel the insertion of the needle. ,
“I was having repeated issues with my right calf seizing, at times after a short run, sometimes when walking only a short distance. After several dry needling sessions, my calf is back to normal! I’ve run on very hilly terrains and have run fast without complications. I’d highly recommend dry needling and Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana. Encore is very quick, thorough, and provides compassionate care.” ~Joel Dixon, patient.
Thank you, Mr. Dixon, for choosing Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana! We are very happy that you are running again!
We LOVE to see you move! If Physical Therapy is in your future, give us a call! We are ready to help you!
Encore Rehabilitation Athens and Hartselle would like to introduce you to Heather Breedlove, OTR, Cert. DN!
Heather obtained her Occupational Therapy degree from The University of Alabama in Birmingham. She has been a practicing clinician for 22 years and has been with Encore Rehabilitation for 12 years. Heather is the Assistant Clinical Director at Encore Rehabilitation-Athens. She currently practices in Athens and Hartselle treating a variety of orthopedic injuries and diagnoses and neurological disorders, as well as performing ergonomic assessments and screens for industries, both onsite and in the clinic. Heather’s Certification in Dry Needling is for the upper extremity.
In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family and participating in activities with her church.
Thank you for all you do for our patients and the community, Heather!
“The therapists at Encore Rehabilitation-Clanton are very nice and very professional. They have helped me so much. They offer Dry Needling which is very helpful in relaxing my muscles and easing my pain. And the location is easy to get to.” ~ Dena Kromer
Thank you, Ms. Kromer, for choosing Encore Rehabilitation for your Physical Therapy! We are proud to have you as our Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Clanton!
Physical Therapist Latoya Carson Plummer performs a Dry Needling procedure to help alleviate pain and increase movement.
Stone County Hospital Outpatient Rehab is proud to include Dry Needling to the many rehab services we provide. All of our Dry Needling Practitioners are Licensed Therapists and have received thorough training and certification in this innovative procedure.
Dry Needling helps many people with the management of pain and to increase movement. Dry Needling uses a thin monofilament needle to penetrate the skin to stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points as well as muscular and connective tissues.
What conditions can be treated?
Repetitive stress injuries
Adhesive capsulitis (Frozen shoulder)
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Low back pain
Sacroliliac joint dysfunction
Sciatic nerve pain
Tarsal tunnel syndrome
Dry Needling is covered under most insurances.
Is dry needling a safe procedure?
With proper training and knowledge of anatomy, dry needling is very safe. At Stone County Hospital Outpatient Rehab, all of our Dry Needling Practitioners are Licensed Therapists with thorough training and certification.
Clinical Director Sara Stringfellow, DPT, Cert. DN
Encore Rehabilitation-Spanish Fort would like to introduce our Clinical Director, Sara Stringfellow, DPT!
Sara received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of South Alabama and her Exercise Science-Kinesiology degree from Auburn University. In addition, she also holds a Certification in Dry Needling.
Sara has been with Encore Rehabilitation for three years and is currently the Clinical Director at the Spanish Fort Clinic. Her husband, Evan, is also a Physical Therapist for Encore Rehabilitation. He is the Clinical Director for Encore Rehabilitation-Fairhope. Sara and Evan have one son and both are actively involved with the youth of their church.
Sara enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors, especially in the beautiful coastal area. As a former athlete, she has a passion for fitness. She participates in weightlifting and racing events with her husband.
Sara demonstrates her commitment and dedication to her patients every day by giving them excellent care. Thank you, Sara, for all you do for our patients and the community!
Ty Thompson of Hurley, Mississippi, is loving Dry Needling!
He says, “I was rear-ended in an auto accident. I have received physical therapy for muscle pain and tightness and also received the Dry Needling procedures. The Dry Needling process made a night-and-day improvement of my pain and tightness in my neck. I feel like a new person and I am nearly pain-free at this time. I recommend the Dry Needling procedure to anyone that is a candidate for it!”
Thank you, Ty, for choosing Encore Rehabilitation Therapists and East Central Physical Therapy for your rehabilitation! We LOVE to see you move and are so happy the Dry Needling has helped you!
Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula is pleased to introduce you to Clinical Director Brandon Addison, DPT, ATC!
Brandon is originally from Tallassee, Alabama and now resides in Eufaula. He received his Athletic Training degree from Huntingdon College and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Alabama State University. Brandon also holds a certification in Dry Needling. In his leisure time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, spending time with family, and pulling for the Florida Gators.
Welcome to the Encore Rehabilitation family, Brandon!