Therapeutic Techniques

Solstice Physical Therapy


Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is a safe, effective, hands-on technique that applies gentle sustained pressure onto the connective tissue or “fascia” to enhance mobility and eliminate pain. Inflammation, trauma, or surgery can cause myofascial restrictions producing tensile pressures throughout the body. At Solstice PT, we have found that John F. Barnes Myofascial Release is an extremely effective tool for every condition that we have treated from migraines to low back pain to fibromyalgia, sports pain and injuries and much more. Myofascial release is only one of many, skilled treatments provided by Solstice PT to promote proper body mechanics and posture, enhancement of strength and flexibility, decreased pain, and improved movement awareness.

Dry Needling

Physical therapists use dry needling, which resembles acupuncture needles, to relieve pain and muscle tightness and improve range of motion. Dry needling has been shown to be an effective treatment for trigger point pain, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, and many other conditions. Recent studies conclude that dry needling can also increase blood circulation to joints suffering from osteo-arthritis by up to 70%.

Physical therapists who perform dry needling have extensive supplemental education and deep understanding of human anatomy. Learn more about the efficacy of dry needling here.


Manual Techniques

Solstice Physical Therapy incorporates a wide variety of manual techniques. These include, and are not limited to IASTM (instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation), therapeutic cupping, trigger-point release, and taping.

Unlike massage techniques that use pressure (pushing) cupping uses tensile properties (pulling). This can be a less painful and more effective way of breaking up tissue adhesions and knots than the often-painful deep tissue massage. Dr. Lisa or Dr. Marin will determine which therapeutic technique is most effective for your particular goals. Sessions may include multiple techniques in one sitting.

JOint Mobilizations

Solstice Physical Therapy provides skilled joint mobilizations and manipulations to enhance movement and decrease pain. Your therapist applies targeted pressure or force to a joint in a specific direction. The repetitions and intensity vary according to feedback from your body, and your comfort.