Physical Therapy in Columbia

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Physical Therapy Clinic in Columbia

Our Physical Therapy practice places patients first. Our passion is to help them reduce pain or discomfort quickly through a hands-on approach that assesses and treats physical conditions that affect muscles and nerves.

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3250 Forest Dr, Ste. 50, Columbia, SC 29204
P(803) 726-0309
F: (803) 726-0390

Opening Hours: 

Mon – Thu: 08:00 am – 06:00 pm
Friday: 08:00 am – 05:00 pm
Sat – Sun: Closed

*Personal training and massage therapy appointments are available outside of normal business hours.

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DJ Intermill

I’ve been going to Pinnacle as needed for years. Knowledgeable staff. Just love them and they keep me standing upright. 

Kathy Thomas

I’ve been here for physical therapy and for personal training. Everyone is very nice and they do a great job of pushing you to do your best without overdoing. The place is open and pleasant. Everyone is very qualified. I recommend it to anyone who needs these services. 

Dry Needling, also known as Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) and Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN), is a proven, effective, and safe approach for:

  • Relieving myofascial trigger points
  • Restoring normal muscle tone, length, coordination, function, and strength

Alleviating Pain with Dry Needling in Columbia

Dry Needling is a popular technique for pain management that is widespread among physical therapists. This method involves inserting a sterile acupuncture needle into muscles, tendons, ligaments, or close to nerves. This direct approach diminishes pain, relaxes muscle tension, and improves mobility. Unlike acupuncture, Dry Needling is based on the latest scientific knowledge of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems, enhancing the body’s natural healing abilities and mitigating pain.

The Process of Dry Needling

The procedure of Dry Needling includes the precise insertion and manipulation of a solid filament needle in a muscle’s trigger point, leading to a Local Twitch Response (LTR). This method is effective in loosening tight muscle fibers and strengthening weaker ones. Prompt symptom relief allows for immediate training in pain-free movements. Dry Needling is a scientifically endorsed technique, offering a significant remedy for chronic pain and various musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis, limited motion range, repetitive motion disorders (like carpal tunnel syndrome), scar tissue, spinal problems, myofascial pain, and more. Typically, 2-3 sessions are needed for complete effectiveness, although some may require up to six sessions. Treatment frequency varies from weekly to bi-weekly, depending on the specific condition.

Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture

While Dry Needling and acupuncture use dry needles, Dry Needling focuses on Western neuroanatomy and contemporary scientific understanding of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. In contrast, acupuncture, rooted in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), seeks to balance the body by affecting the flow of Qi (energy) in meridians.

Benefits of Dry Needling in Columbia

Dry Needling specifically targets muscle knots, identified as tender, firm spots within muscle tissue. These knots can lead to referred pain, similar to nerve pressure. This therapy is designed to relieve tension in these muscle areas, making it appropriate for most patients.

Conditions Treated by Dry Needling in Columbia

Dry Needling is effective in managing a wide array of conditions, including:

  • Head and Neck Pain (whiplash, migraines, joint and disk disorders)
  • Ear and Eye Pain (tinnitus, eye strain)
  • Dental and Orthodontic Pain (TMJ dysfunction, toothache)
  • Shoulder, Elbow, Hand, and Wrist Pain (tendonitis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Back and Hip Pain (lumbar problems, herniated discs)
  • Knee Pain (osteoarthritis)
  • Shin, Ankle, Foot Pain (shin splints, gout)
  • Plantar Fasciitis, Tendonitis, Tendinosis
  • Athletic and Repetitive Use Injuries
  • Post-surgical and Post-traumatic Pain
  • Chronic Pain Conditions (myofascial pain syndrome)

Results from Dry Needling

Patients often feel immediate relief from symptoms. Given the various origins of tender points, such as muscle overuse or injury, complementary treatments like resistance training, flexibility exercises, mindfulness practices, and exposure therapies may be needed for lasting relief. Your therapist will tailor a care plan to optimize the benefits of Dry Needling.

Trust Our Expertise in Dry Needling

Dry Needling is more than a treatment at our clinic – it’s a revolutionary approach to pain management and functional improvement. When combined with our comprehensive physical therapy programs, Dry Needling effectively addresses discomfort and enhances overall body functionality. It offers more than a temporary solution; it paves the way to a life free of pain and full of activity. Envision starting each day with less pain, increased mobility, and the freedom to engage in activities you love – that’s the promise of Dry Needling with professional physical therapy.

We recognize that pain isn’t just a physical issue; it impacts your life quality, emotional health, and daily activities enjoyment. Our holistic approach addresses both the symptoms and underlying causes of your pain. With our skilled therapists, advanced facilities, and caring approach, we’re dedicated to restoring your life’s quality, free from pain’s limitations.
Don’t let pain limit your potential any longer. Begin your journey to a healthier, more active self. Schedule your Dry Needling session with us today and discover how this innovative method and customized physical therapy can markedly improve your pain levels and physical abilities. Our therapy is more than treatment; it’s a journey towards rediscovering the joy of a pain-free life. Reach out to us to find out how dry needling can benefit you. Act now – you deserve a life where every movement is a joy, not a burden.

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Is your pain making it difficult for you to concentrate?

Are you hoping it will just go away but it’s still hurting you?

If you answered “Yes” to any of those questions, you should call us and make an appointment to see one of our qualified Physical Therapists. We will interview you, find out your problem, lay out the customized plan for you and work with you personally.

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