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At True North Athletic Therapy, our Certified Athletic Trainers are highly educated, licensed health care professionals who are dedicated to helping their patients get results.

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A: I prefer to talk to my new clients personally prior to making a first appointment. I want to ensure that you fit within my scope of practice and that you will benefit from my philosophy and approach to Sports Medicine.

If you would need subsequent appointments, you can then schedule yourself via this website.

A: Dry needling is a skilled intervention performed by a healthcare professional who has obtained additional training to their professional certifications and credentials. Professionals who are eligible to perform dry needling include medical doctors, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and chiropractors. Dry needling is the insertion of a fine filiform needle into the body to stimulate a healing response in the presence of neuromusculoskeletal issues and movement dysfunction.

A: The easiest way to describe the difference is that traditional acupuncture is rooted in Eastern Medicine, and dry needling is rooted in Western Medicine.   There is definitely overlap between the two. The main differences are outlined nicely in an article by Zhou et al.

To summarize, acupuncturists use ah shi points and meridian lines to determine needle placement, whereas dry needlers use orthopedic evaluation and clinical experience and knowledge of western medicine and injuries to determine needle placement. Both have shown to be effective and have their place within the medical community.

A: The number of treatments needed is going to vary from individual to individual and the type and severity of injury/condition you come to see me about. However, with that said, I do not advocate a system of seeing people repeatedly with no improvement. My belief is that if you and I AS A TEAM cannot improve your situation significantly between 1-4 treatments, we need to seek other advice. I am fortunate to know and have good working relationships with multiple providers in our community. I work at being able to refer appropriately when needed, so If I cannot improve your injury, I’ll help you find someone who may possess knowledge that can benefit you. I do not offer any magic pills, and fully expect compliance from my clients so that we can improve the root of the problem which gave you symptoms in the first place.

A: Plan for your appointment to last one hour to allow for proper evaluation and re-evaluation time, any treatment modalities agreed upon during your evaluation, and time to thoroughly discuss your situation.

A: The NormaTec PULSE Recovery Systems are dynamic compression devices designed for recovery and rehab. These systems use patented PULSE technology to help athletes recover faster between trainings and after performance. These systems include a control unit and attachments which go on the legs, arms, or hips. They use compressed air to massage your limbs, mobilize fluid, and speed recovery with the patented NormaTec Pulse Massage Pattern. You will first experience a pre-inflate cycle, during which the connected attachments are molded to your exact body shape. The session will then begin by compressing your feet, hands, or upper quad (depending on which attachment you are using). Similar to the kneading done during a massage, each segment of the attachment will first compress in a pulsing manner and then release. This will repeat for each segment of the attachment as the compression pattern works its way up your limb.   Typically lasts between 20-30 minutes.

A: I can accept cash and all major credit cards, including HSA debit cards if you have one of these accounts. I use an encrypted credit card payment system called Clover (www.clover.com).