Dr. Doug Portmann at Wards Corner Chiropractic and Sports Rehab is now offering 

• Dry Needling

• Cupping Therapy

• Gua Sha


Dry Needling is the practice of taking acupuncture needles (very thin) and working them into trigger points in muscles (painful knots) and breaking the tension in them. It is done with little discomfort and usually minor soreness. It is effective in treating neck pain, shoulder pain, low back pain, hip, leg pain, shoulder pain, and plantar fasciitis. Many sports injuries have been treated with Dry Needling.

Cupping therapy is done by putting a series of suction cups over an area to draw inflammation to the surface and allowing the body to flush it away. It has been done in China for thousands of years but has become more popular in the US since Olympic and professional athletes have been seen using cupping with great success to recover and treat many types of injuries.  

Gua Sha is an ancient form of treatment done throughout Asia that is gaining popularity in the US. It is done by taking an instrument ranging from a coin to and bull’s horn or other types of instruments are stroked across the skin and the inflammation comes to the surface. It shows often as red streaks and usually disappears in a few days. It relieves muscle and tendon inflammation. It is also used quite often to help with immune system response when people are sick by moving blood flow to the surface and allowing the body to heal help heal itself. 

If you have any questions about these treatments or Chiropractic care in general please call us at 677-6787.

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