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September 26, 2013

Relieving Pain Using Trigger Point Dry Needling

The physical therapy office of Sports and Rehab has three locations in Southern New Hampshire, including one on Danville Road in Hampstead. It specializes in many aspects of rehabilitative care - sports injuries, orthotics, post-operative rehab, electrical stimulation, and more. But recently under new management, there is a new treatment option offered to help relieve your pain.

Rob Armata, PT, DPT joined Sports and Rehab in 2007, but was recently appointed Clinical Administrator of both the Salem and Hampstead location this past summer. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Doctorate in Physical Therapy both from UMass Lowell.

“My specific area of expertise is in the biomechanics of the shoulder and knee and all phases of rehabilitation necessary, from the overuse injury to the post operative protocols of all surgeries,” says Armata.

His goal is to help Sports and Rehab build relationships with local orthopedic and primary care offices for open communication and specialized care for all of their patients. Instead of searching for doctors, information, and referrals, there can be a sense of community and ease for patients to get all of the care they need.

Pain is the common denominator in all of the areas Sports and Rehab works with. This is why Armata recently took an extensive course in what is called ‘trigger point dry needling’.

He explains, “A trigger point is a ‘knot’ in the muscle tissue that may be tender to the touch. A trigger point may also cause ‘referred pain,’ or pain which is distant from the trigger point. For example, a muscle in the hip can cause pain all the way down the leg, and may be mistaken for ‘sciatic’ pain. Chronic trigger points can lead to dysfunction, such as in the spine, where a tight muscle can cause pressure on the nerves, leading to a cycle of pain and dysfunction.”

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