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Complementary SPORTS Medicine

Cupping.

Cupping therapy is an ancient healing technique that has become increasingly recognized in recent years for its potential to alleviate pain and promote overall well-being. During a cupping session, special cups are placed on the skin, creating a vacuum-like seal that draws the skin and underlying tissue upward into the cups. This action is believed to increase blood flow, release tension in muscles and fascia, and stimulate the body's natural healing processes. Cupping is often used as a complementary therapy for pain relief, particularly for conditions like muscle soreness, back pain, and tension headaches. Many individuals find relief through cupping as it can help to reduce muscle stiffness, improve circulation, and promote relaxation, making it a valuable tool in the holistic approach to managing and alleviating pain.

Gua Sha.

Gua sha is a traditional Chinese healing technique that has been employed for centuries to address pain and discomfort in the body. This practice involves scraping a smooth-edged tool, often made of jade or other materials, across the skin's surface after applying a lubricant, such as oil or lotion. The repeated strokes create redness or petechiae on the skin, which is thought to promote improved blood circulation and stimulate the body's natural healing mechanisms. Gua sha is commonly used to relieve muscle tension, reduce inflammation, and alleviate pain, especially in areas prone to stiffness and discomfort, such as the neck, shoulders, and back. Many individuals find it to be an effective method for addressing conditions like muscle knots, headaches, and chronic pain.

Dry Needling. 

Dry needling is a therapeutic technique used to address pain and muscle dysfunction by inserting fine, sterile needles directly into trigger points or tight muscle bands, often without injecting any substances. This approach is rooted in principles of Western medicine and neurophysiology, aiming to stimulate the release of muscular tension and promote pain relief. By targeting these trigger points, which are often knots or areas of muscle tightness, dry needling can help reduce pain, improve range of motion, and enhance muscle function. It is frequently utilized for various musculoskeletal conditions, including back pain, neck pain, and sports-related injuries.

Customized Home Exercise Program. 

After your in-office treatment, Dr. Kurra and her physical therapist will offer a customized exercise program tailored to treat your specific issue.  The program will include a variety of easy exercises, such as strength training, flexibility routines, cardiovascular workouts, and balance training, all carefully chosen to target your weaknesses and build on your strengths. The beauty of a customized home exercise program is that it can be performed in the comfort of one's own home, making it convenient and accessible. It empowers individuals to take control of their health and well-being, providing them with the tools and guidance they need to improve their fitness, manage chronic conditions, or recover from injuries safely and effectively. Regular adherence to such a program can lead to improved strength, endurance, flexibility, and overall better health, enhancing the quality of life for those who follow it diligently.

Complementary Sports/Pain Medicine is an insurance-based service. Book online or call to schedule!

Dr. Kurra is a board certified physiatrist, specializing in treating athletes and non-athletes alike who are experiencing pain or decreased mobility. Her unique position as both diagnostician and treatment provider allows her to safely and effectively provide multiple pain management techniques in one visit. Read on for more information about her approaches.  

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