The practice of physical therapy is a service used to help ease pain and aims to help an individual function at their optimum. However, someone does not need to be injured in order to seek help from a physical therapist. It is common for patients to seek a PT for precautionary measures for possible injuries that may arise in the future. People of all ages and physical mobility levels are welcome to seek preventive care from a physical therapist. One of the physical therapists here at the Current, Dr. Caitlin Greenstein, PT, DPT, OCS said, “It amazes me how little people know about their own bodies” is a great example as to why all are welcome to see a physical therapist at any point in their life.
Within physical therapy, there are many different ways to help address various ailments such as: hands-on treatment for soft tissue release or pin & stretch. This motion of pin and stretch is when the therapist will hold down one muscle, “pin”, while simultaneously pulling the muscle attachment away from the patient's body, “stretch”. Additional information on this stretch can be found here. These techniques include Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilizations (IASTM), dry needling, joint mobilizations/manipulations combined with functional and corrective movement exercises. Dry needling is a therapy technique that utilizes a thin monofilament needle to reduce myofascial pain or otherwise known as “trigger points” in the body. This treatment can help to loosen tightness, increase blood flow and reduce overall acute pain. Dr. Caitlin also specializes in dance rehabilitation, performance based care, as well as treating individuals with chronic pain. Dance, sports & fitness rehabilitation aims to maximize overall quality of health all while reducing risk of injury. Another physical therapists here at the Current, Dr. Meghan O'Hara, PT, DPT, PRPC, COMT, specializes in pelvic and orthopedic physiotherapy. To learn more about Dr. Meghan's work, head over to her website!
You can book an appointment through them directly. Appointments will be held at 219 South East Street, Raleigh, NC.