6/5/2013 0 Comments
Alpine Physical Therapy announces that owner Brent Dodge, PT, OCS, CMPT, CSCS completed advanced training and received national certification in Functional Dry Needling.
Alright. Let’s cut to the quick. I gotta share the exciting news about my time spent in Colorado for advanced training recently. The advanced course was far beyond what I’d imagined. Having been in clinical practice for 22 years, I’ve seen a lot of great treatment approaches come and go. We continue to use the good ones, like spinal manipulation, intelligent movement, and core stability training. Yet I’ve not seen a game changer on the level of Functional Dry Needling. I’ve provided well over 500 treatment sessions and have witnessed life-changing results in many of my clients. The advanced application of this form of treatment, which I competed in Brighton, Colorado, is yielding even greater results.
Several more of our team of therapists are marking their schedules to work toward their certifications. Alpine is once again at the forefront of new and meaningful technology. It’s our way of bringing the best forms of physical medicine to our beloved Missoula!
On a final note, if you have pain that is keeping you from your favorite activity, sport, or recreation, you owe it to yourself to seek out this form of care. We now have three physical therapists applying Functional Dry Needling. Give us a call at 406-251-2323. For more information, visit our webpage on this topic by clicking here.
Three of Alpine’s physical therapists were trained recently in the use of Functional Dry Needling (FDN). Our training was led by Internationally known physical therapist, Edo Zylstra, owner of Kinetacore in Brighton, Colorado. Edo’s company has trained over 1,000 physical therapists in this exciting form of treatment.
Since returning from the training in August, we’ve treated about 150 people so far, and the results have been profound. It’s proving to be super effective in sports injuries, back and neck pain, as well as hip, shoulder, and knee pain.
I’ve practiced physical therapy for 21 years and have constantly sought out the best and fastest means of helping my clients. In all these years, I’ve come across several exciting forms of therapy. Until now, I haven’t found a treatment with such immediate and impacting results. It’s likely because with Functional Dry Needling you’re able to treat all the way through a muscle. Doing so releases tight muscle bands, abolishes trigger points, and can help the muscle activate. The end result is reduced pain and increased muscle function.
Functional Dry Needling is a treatment for muscular tightness and spasm that can happen from an injury or simply from the changes our bodies undergo over the life span. This muscular tightness and spasm may put pressure on and irritate the nerves that exit the spine. In turn, nearby muscles may also go into spasm. Resultantly, problems further away from the spine can occur, such as carpal tunnel, tendonitis, and osteoarthritis . . . along with a loss of mobility and heightened pain.
If you’re putting up with ongoing pain, tightness, or reduced sport performance, I encourage you to consider seeing one of our trained physical therapists for Functional Dry Needling. Call our clinics at 251-2323. And be sure to check out our webpage on Dry Needling by clicking here.
Practitioners have been using thin-filament “dry needles” to rid people of pain and to improve performance for nearly half a century. Physical therapists in the state of Montana have been approved to perform this treatment for just over a year.
The notion of having a needle placed into your sore muscle may seem counterintuitive. You might ponder whether a treatment approach like this adds insult to injury. Before making that leap, however, use the information provided on our webpage and the video link below to disconnect the dots between these types of needles . . . and pain.
Alpine Physical Therapy has pursued advanced training in this new technology. Currently, 3 therapists at Alpine are trained. According to Alpine’s owner, Brent Dodge, “The results we’re seeing are startlingly positive and consistent, to the point (pun intended) that we’re pushing to get all 12 of our physical therapists trained to do dry needling.”
Continuing, Dodge says, “It’s not a stand-alone treatment, but in conjunction with the advanced services we offer at Alpine, our patients are seeing and feeling the results. The word is out, and people are asking for this form of treatment.” “It’s effectiveness has proven itself with challenging neck and back pain, headaches, joint pain, tendonitis, and muscle and sports injuries . . . along with numerous other conditions”
For a brief overview of dry needling, click here to view our new webpage on the topic.
You are invited to call our offices for more information at 251-2323 (south) or 541-2606 (north).
Brent Dodge is the founding owner of Alpine Physical Therapy and is a board certified orthopedic specialist. He holds additional certifications in Functional Dry Needling, Manual Physical Therapy, and Strength and Conditioning.
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