Dry Needling & Cupping Therapy


Innovative Treatments for Pain Relief and Sports Recovery

As part of a comprehensive plan to treat musculoskeletal conditions with the best success, the physical therapists at True Sports use dry needling and cupping as complementary therapies for pain relief and healing.

Dry Needling Therapy – Dry needling uses a “dry” solid filament needle containing no medication that’s inserted into muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. This procedure not only releases these hard-to-reach areas, it creates microtrauma that jump starts your body’s own healing processes and breaks a cycle of pain.

Inserting a needle into trigger points -multiple knotted areas in muscle and fascia- can cause beneficial biochemical changes in your body to relieve pain, reduce muscle tension and improve range of motion, based on pioneering studies by National Institutes of Health. By decreasing muscle spasm and nerve compression, dry needling is an effective method to get you back to your sport or to your daily life – without pain.

Based on modern western medicine principles and supported by a growing body of evidence, dry needling can achieve profound results for you, including an accelerated return to your sport or your favorite activities after only a few treatments.

Cupping Therapy – Cupping is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. This practice dates back over 2,000 years and is still being utilized today by world-class athletes and people all over the world for injury and pain relief. Cups typically are left on the skin for 5-20 minutes, creating distinctive circular-shaped marks. Studies show the cupping effect of suction on the skin helps increase blood flow and promotes healing.

Cupping has a time-honored tradition among many civilized nations, including the early Greeks, ancient Egyptians and North American Indians as well as other Asian, Middle Eastern and European countries. Hippocrates, known as the “Father of Modern Medicine,” recommends cupping in his guide to clinical treatment. The experts at True Sports are certified in cupping and can integrate it into your recovery program when needed. 


The True Sports Sweet Spot – Skilled Expertise in Advanced Interventions

Dry needling and cupping are advanced interventions that require skilled expertise and continued education. Each has been shown to facilitate more rapid recovery for anyone who wants to speed up their return to their sport and to an active lifestyle.

The physical therapists at True Sports who perform dry needling or cupping are experts in human anatomy, neuromusculoskeletal function, physiology, biomechanics and therapeutic treatment of the body. Whenever we use an innovative technique as part of a complete treatment plan, we’re applying the entire sum of our knowledge to achieve the optimal restoration of function based on your current injury. 

Advanced Prescription for Recovery

According to the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association), you can benefit from a dry needling therapeutic intervention when used in combination with manual soft tissue mobilization, therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular reeducation and functional retraining. Treatable conditions include but are not limited to:

  • hip bursitis
  • carpal tunnel
  • osteoarthritis
  • tendonitis
  • neck soreness
  • back and shoulder pain
  • arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow)
  • headache migraines and tension-type headaches
  • jaw pain
  • buttock pain and leg pain (sciatica, hamstring strains, calf tightness/spasms)
  • neuromusculoskeletal pain
  • dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia and connective tissue

According to the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, professional athletes as well as all athletes are increasingly using cupping therapy as part of their recovery practices. Clinical studies point to cupping therapy as an effective form of pain relief. Other evidence shows treatable conditions such as:

  • sports recovery
  • pain relief
  • neck pain
  • back and muscle pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • knee osteoarthritis 
  • removal of toxins from the body
  • blood flow stimulation
  • persistent coughing
  • poor circulation
  • anxiety
  • allergies
  • fevers

"There is no PT practice that knows lacrosse rehab like True Sports. They work with the best and provide the best. Highly recommend to any of teammates.”

- Deemer Class, 2x NCAA Champion, Duke MLAX.

"True Sports knows lacrosse rehab. They are by far the best sports physical therapy providers I have worked with. I highly recommend them for any sports rehab needs.”

- K. Harrison, 2x National champion, Tewaaraton Award winner.

"The absolute best sports PT I have come across. Their knowledge of the needs of elite lacrosse players is unmatched. I highly recommend them for all your sports rehab needs.”

- Max Seibald, Tewaaraton Winner, 2 time Team USA Player and Team Israel player





The True Test – Discover Impressive Results

Dry needling and cupping therapy are relatively new methods for treating myofascial pain in the United States. It would be to your benefit to discuss their effectiveness with your True Sports physical therapist.

Maryland was the first state to add dry needling to its practice act in 1984. As a result, doctors and physical therapists in Baltimore and the surrounding area have been on the cutting edge of this modality for 35 years and counting.

Some people who try dry needling after years of explicable pain and immobility often consider the experience transformational, especially in conjunction with movement-based therapy. 

In addition, many say world-class athletes use cupping as “a secret weapon” in their training. Who has trouble recalling the tennis ball-sized red circles on Olympian Michael Phelps’ back and shoulders? Tennis star Andy Murray includes cupping in his treatment to relieve stiffness and back pain. Many baseball players – notably those who play for the New York Mets – use cupping as one of the ways they protect their bodies from overuse. 

When a medal is on the line, Olympic athletes need extensive physical and mental endurance to train and compete at maximum capacity. They are looking for any advantage and often consider complementary approaches like dry needling and cupping therapy to benefit their goals. 

Of course, you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to enjoy the benefits of innovative treatments for sports recovery and pain relief. You just have to give True Sports Physical Therapy a call.

Schedule An Appointment Today

With convenient locations throughout the Baltimore area, including Fell’s Point, Timonium, Woodbine, Columbia and Abingdon, True Sports Physical Therapy is the preferred choice of any athletes and weekend warriors ready to experience the highest level of therapeutic expertise and rehabilitative care. Select your location and schedule an appointment online or call 1-410-946-1672.

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