Memorial Medical Clinic now offering dry needling

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Katie Ruebush | Photo Courtesy of Memorial Medical Clinic

CARTHAGE, Ill. — Memorial Medical Clinic, 630 Locust in Carthage, now offers dry needling by Katie Ruebush. 

Dry Needling is used to decrease pain, increase range of motion and improve muscle function. Ruebush was trained in dry needling through “Evidence In Motion” for Level I and Level II Functional Dry Needling, which consisted of 54 hours of additional education to obtain optimal experience and skill in the practice.

During a dry needling session, a small, sterile filament needle is inserted into the muscle or connective tissue to release trigger points. These trigger points are taut, banded tissue that causes dysfunction. Dry needling increases blood flow and causes a change in chemicals in that area by creating a pro-inflammatory response. When experiencing dry needling, patients can expect to feel an ache when the trigger point is reached. 

“I’m excited to offer this service because the results I’m seeing are phenomenal,” Ruebush said. “Clients are reporting and demonstrating significant improvements. It’s exciting to offer effective pain relief treatments, because so many people live with chronic pain. Especially when coupled with other physical therapy techniques, patients experience significant improvements in symptoms. Helping people avoid surgery or avoid taking pain medication is incredibly rewarding.” 

Dry needling is effective in loosening stiff muscles, easing joint pain, improving blood flow, and increasing oxygen circulation within the body. People experiencing chronic pain, working to optimize sports performance, recovering from an injury or desiring to prevent pain from becoming chronic could benefit from dry needling. 

To learn more about cry needling or to schedule an appointment, call Memorial Medical Clinic at (217) 357-6560. 

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