Trigger Points? Dry Needling Can Help


If you spend any time on social media, you’re probably familiar with the concept of getting “triggered.” It can cause overwhelming feelings of sadness, loss, or illness. After an injury, your body works in a similar way.

Radiating Pain

Trigger points don’t just hurt in one spot. The injured area swells and becomes difficult to move as a way of protecting itself. The muscle continually contracts, causing pain. Inflammation and immobilization keep oxygen out of the area, and can allow bands of scar tissue to form, causing what’s known as a trigger point. The banding occurs between the muscle and fascia, the tissue between the skin and muscles. This in turn sends pain signals to other connected areas: a trigger point in your hand may cause pain near your elbow or shoulder.

Strategies to Release the Trigger

Dry needling might sound a bit like acupuncture to someone who is not familiar with the practice. But where acupuncture is based on Eastern Medicine practices and “energy flow”, dry needling is concerned with the physical connections in the body. Dry needles, ones without a vaccine or shot attached, are inserted into and around the trigger point in order to manipulate the tissue and release the trigger, relieving the tension and pain.

A Part of Physical Therapy and Recovery

At STACK Sports Training & Therapy, we recognize many different types of therapies as useful in recovering from an injury. Dry needling is a special part of our physical therapy practices and in helping our athletes recover from injury and exertion. Come find out how the trainers at STACK can help you!

Posted on behalf of STACK Sports Training & Therapy

Regaining Mobility After A Sports Injury


Sports (and life) have great potential to cause injury. Whether you were tackled, hit, or simply stepped wrong and fell hard, that injury can keep you on the sidelines of the big game. Injuries to joints especially, require a great deal of time and work to regain strength and mobility.

For most people, physical therapy is the key to recovery.

Recovery and Prevention Go Hand in Hand

At STACK Sports Performance and Therapy, we know that recovering from an injury is only half the battle. Our board certified physical therapists work with our patients and athletes strengthening muscles and increasing range of motion using both traditional techniques and cutting-edge technology. Our practices include therapies like dry needling, tens units, Normatec compression boots and sports and medical massage.

Once strength and mobility are both returning, we can begin to assess the mechanics of how you move with a Functional Movement Screen. This helps your Doctor of physical therapy to see which movements need to be retrained to prevent strain, fatigue, and future injury. By the time you are fully recovered, you may also find yourself stronger and more mobile than before!

Regain an Active Life

Sports is life for a lot of people. Don’t let your injury get in the way of doing what you love. We recognize the importance of returning to your life and being able to do everything you used to do, especially at the same level of endurance.

Recovering from injury can be a long road. But at Atlanta’s STACK Sports Performance and Therapy you’ll get the best care and training possible. Check out our physical therapy “menu” and find out how we can get you back to being active!

Posted on behalf of STACK Sports Training & Therapy