The benefits of PNMT and massage therapy can be greatly enhanced with the addition of Dry Needling, Cupping Therapy and RockTape (kinesiology taping). We offer these additional services with the intention of providing a more complete approach to pain relief and wellness for our clients.
Dry needling is a treatment provided by a licensed physical therapist and dry needling specialist in which small acupuncture needles are inserted into myofascial trigger points and/or surrounding areas with the intent to release the tissue restriction and stimulate a healing response. It is an effective treatment for chronic pain, mobility issues, or over-use injuries.
Dry Needling FAQs
Is it acupuncture? Dry needling uses acupuncture needles, but needle placement is determined differently. Dry needling treatments are based on anatomy and palpation, while acupuncture is based on meridians and acupoints.
Is it painful? Dry needling produces a cramping contraction called a local twitch response. The discomfort that comes with this release is very quick, lasting about 15 seconds. The prick of the needle is minimized and/or masked by the pressure of the guide tube used for insertion.
Will I be sore? Soreness (similar to exercise induced soreness) is expected after a needling treatment. It typically lasts 24-48 hours.
What should I do after a needling treatment? Movement is recommended after a needling treatment. Perform gentle stretches or exercises as recommended by your provider. It is not recommended to perform high intensity exercise after a needling session. If bruising persists, ice is recommended. Generally, heat is preferred to continue the inflammatory response and promote healing.
**ONLINE SCHEDULING IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR DRY NEEDLING. TO SCHEDULE THIS SERVICE, PLEASE CALL OR TEXT 513-323-3013**
The main benefits of cupping therapy include increased blood flow to the muscle, decompression of soft tissue layers, and a decrease in nervous system responses/pain. Studies have shown that in addition to improving perceptions of pain, cupping can have favorable effects on range of motion.
Your therapist might utilize a combination of Dynamic and Static Cupping, along with taking you through active range of motion to enhance your results.
DYNAMIC cupping – silicone cups are applied and suctioned to the area. The therapist then glides the cups along your skin using light, medium or strong pressure (based on your personal preference and comfort level). This approach feels massage-like, and is ideal for decompression of fascial and soft tissue layers to increase tissue glide, movement and circulation.
STATIC cupping - used to target specific areas of restriction, cups are placed strategically and left in place for up to 3 minutes. This technique pulls blood to the surface and can leave circular marks ranging from light red to dark purple. These are NOT bruises.
You will NEVER receive cupping in our office using a fire/heat method or “wet” (blood-letting) cupping.
For most clients, cupping is a safe complement to an existing treatment plan when provided by a properly trained and certified therapist.
**Cupping is not recommended for those with eczema or other skin conditions, elderly with fragile skin, during pregnancy or over spider veins, varicose veins, or areas that are swollen.
At Cincy BodyWork you can choose either a stand-alone 30 minute cupping session, or you can request to integrate cupping during your 60 or 90 minute Massage Therapy session with Isabelle (when you schedule your appointment, please be sure to mention that you'd like cupping as part of your massage). Isabelle is currently our only therapist certified in cupping, so you must schedule with her!
To schedule a 30 minute Cupping Session, OR to schedule a Massage Therapy session with integrated cupping, click below:
What is RockTape?
RockTape is a brand of kinesiology tape which is engineered to accelerate healing and recovery of injuries, as well as improve physical performance.
In our office we use the RockTape brand because:
RockTape sticks for several days, which means less frequent need for reapplications. Competing brands tend to fall off after 1-2 days.
RockTape is air permeable and water resistant – it will remain in place as you shower, swim and sweat!
RockTape is latex-free with a hypo-allergenic adhesive. When applied properly there is very low, if any, chance of skin irritation.
RockTape is more elastic, and therefore more versatile than other brands of tape.
How Does RockTape Help?
Pain relief: Have you ever whacked your shin or elbow and found it feels immediately better if you rub it or simply place your hand over it? RockTape tape uses the same “tactile feedback” mechanism for pain relief. When properly applied on the skin, RockTape interferes with the pain signal being sent to the brain, and essentially “turns down the volume” on the pain.
Decrease swelling and inflammation: The stretchy material of RockTape creates a microscopic lifting effect under the skin and between many layers of connective tissue. This increases the flow of blood and lymph in the taped area and allows byproducts of inflammation to be removed more quickly. It also improves the slide and glide between tissue layers, which is essential for healthy movement.
Normalizes muscle tone and distributes physical stress: Unlike conventional athletic tape which prevents movement, RockTape allows full range of motion in the taped area. This allows injured muscles to heal properly, and helps your body coordinate movements as if it weren’t hurt.
Postural Correction: RockTape is not meant to “hold” or “pull” a client into ideal posture. Rather, it improves body awareness and sends a subtle cue to the nervous system, a gentle reminder of the desired position. Postural taping is best utilized along with specific therapeutic exercises prescribed by a Physical Therapist or Corrective Exercise Specialist. Postural changes take significant time and effort to maintain.