Do you have stiffness in your neck, shoulders, or low back? Is it getting harder to get on and off the floor? Do you struggle to bend over to pick things up? Or maybe you have headaches far too often?
If these sound familiar to you, and you have run through all the other treatment options with short-lasting benefits or no benefits at all, don’t get down. No, you are not crazy! You just have misunderstood myofascial pain. I am here to tell you that there are other options. Over the past two decades, research has started to catch up with two ancient therapies: Trigger Point Dry Needling and Myofascial Cupping.
My name is Dr. Josh Cadwallader, I am a Physical Therapist and the owner of Orthopedic & Spine Therapy of Albertville. We are located inside the InFIT building by D Michael B’s. My family and I moved to STMA in the fall of 2016 after 10 years of practicing therapy in Wisconsin. I have extensive training in myofascial pain syndromes and trigger points. I hope to change how the profession looks at the misunderstood aspects of pain.
I grew up in Maple Grove, MN. I graduated from Osseo Senior High School and went on to complete my Bachelor’s degree as well as my Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. My career brought me to Northern Wisconsin ten years ago, and my career and my family have now brought me back home.
The longer I practice, the more I notice patterns to how people present to physical therapy. Most people do not seek therapy for acute or new issues. Instead, they seek therapy for chronic symptoms that have been going on for months, years or even decades. My patients have been to other therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and some have even had surgeries. Most people were happy with the short-term relief they experienced from all of these providers, but they have become resigned to the fact that some pain or discomfort would be “just a fact of life.” I do not believe anyone has to live this way.
The majority of my patients have never had trigger points or fascia treated, and this is why the long-term results have not been achieved. After a few sessions with me, my patients are moving better, sleeping better, and feeling better than they have in years. My goal for my patients is an active, healthy, pain-free life. The best and most efficient way to achieve this is through Trigger Point Dry Needling and functional Myofascial Cupping.
What Is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is a specific treatment technique that uses a solid filament needle to treat muscle trigger points that create pain and discomfort. A muscle trigger point is a Specific “knot” that is very tender or sore to the touch. They are found in a tight band of muscle fibers. These muscle trigger points – which are located throughout the human body – play a role in producing and sustaining feelings of pain and discomfort. Trigger points develop in muscle for various reasons including referred or local pain, inflammation, tissue injury or other causes. Studies from the United States have shown that trigger points were the primary source of pain in as many as 85% of pain-related appointments with a primary care doctor.
- Soreness is common, much like after an intense workout
- Minor bleeding or bruising is rare but can happen
Dry Needling may not be right for you if:
- You are on a blood thinner
- You have a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia
- You are pregnant. (Dry Needling is safe after the first trimester of pregnancy in areas away from the abdomen)
What is Myofascial Cupping?
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1550 B.C.
- Mild discomfort
- Burns (rare)
- Skin infection (rare)
Cupping may not be right for you if:
- You are on a blood thinner
- Have a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia
- Have a strong dislike for bruising, especially in areas that skin is showing when dressed.
Now is the time to take action. If you are looking to move better, feel better, and live better, don’t let pain get in the way of your daily activities. Call now to book an appointment with Dr. Josh.
Dr. Josh is now taking appointments at Tree of Life Wellness Center.