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Dry Needle Therapy

Dry needling is a safe and effective method of treatment for musculoskeletal disorders. Trigger point dry needling reduces pain and muscle tension while simultaneously improving mobility. It is proven to treat both acute and chronic pain and can be used to manage conditions like shoulder pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, golf / tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and more.

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KCP is a physical therapy and personal training facility committed to maintaining healthy standards so that you can maintain your health during this time. We are dedicated to providing exceptional service at all times.

Benefits of Dry Needle Therapy

If you are experiencing chronic or acute musculoskeletal pain or tightness, dry needling therapy may be helpful in reducing your pain and increasing your mobility. Different from acupuncture, dry needling helps to relax tight muscles and increase blood flow.

What Is Dry Needling?

A small filiform needle is inserted into a taut muscle band or trigger point. Trigger points cause excessive pain response, decreased strength by muscle inhibition, and decreased range of motion. By stimulating the muscle and thereby increasing blood flow, we help to relax the muscle and relieve pain and tension.

What Does Dry Needling Help?

Dry needling helps to desensitize and correct pain signals to the brain, increase range of motion, and improve strength. It can help with areas of acute or chronic pain. Tight muscles can refer pain locally or to other areas of the body; by stimulating the blood flow in these areas, we release tension and help to “reset” the muscle.

What Will I Feel?

The filament needles that we use are very thin. You will feel a small prick as the needle enters your skin, but the sensation is minimal. It is less than the sensation of an injection or a blood draw. Some patients experience a “twitch” response, especially if the muscle is sensitive or overly tight. Some also describe it as a small cramp.

What Should I Expect?

Dry needling results in greater range of motion, pain relief, and more freedom of mobility. You can expect minimal discomfort during your 30 minute session, but if the area is at all sore afterward, you may wish to apply ice. For many patients, dry needling can begin to reduce pain after just one session.

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Joy Pfuhl, PT
Joy Pfuhl, PTPresident, Owner
With over 20 years of experience in the physical therapy field, Joy has worked at Duke University and was a Regional Director of Operations with a national rehabilitation company. She graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy and has a BS from the University of Iowa.
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Joyce Kight, PT
Joyce Kight, PTVice President, Owner
Joyce has over 20 years of experience in physical therapy, with a focus in orthopedics and sports medicine. Joyce has a BS in Physical Therapy from Ohio University. She has completed over 30 post-graduate courses in orthopedic manual therapy, the spine, pelvis, and women’s health.
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Pam Ross
Pam RossKCP Office Manager
Pam has worked alongside Joy and Joyce for 26 years. She thoroughly enjoys working at KCP Physical Therapy and seeing the clients each day. Pam has worked in the healthcare field for 32 years.
Calen Epting
Calen EptingPhysical Therapy Technician
Calen is a senior at UNCC working on her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and minor in psychology. She’s currently a physical therapy technician and pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy after graduation in May 2021.
Karina Buechner
Karina BuechnerExercise Specialist
Karina is a physical therapy technician and recently received her certification for corrective exercise. She has been at KCP since she graduated from High Point University in 2018. Karina is originally from Sacramento, California and moved to Charlotte in 2002 with her family. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and cooking, collecting shells at the beach, and spending time with her family and her two cats.
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