Shift Performance PT


Specializing in a range of innovative treatments, Shift Performance Physical Therapy in Knoxville is dedicated to aiding former athletes and active individuals grappling with chronic pain or injuries. Among our varied therapies, Dry Needling stands out for its proven effectiveness in addressing diverse musculoskeletal issues, offering relief and rehabilitation to those constrained in their physical activities.


Explore Dry Needling at Shift Performance PT

What is Dry Needling? Dry Needling, distinct from acupuncture, involves techniques like intramuscular stimulation (IMS) and trigger point dry needling (TDN). It’s a science-based therapy aimed at relieving myofascial trigger points to restore normal muscle function. This technique is pivotal in improving muscle tone, length, coordination, function, and strength.

Efficiency of Dry Needling: Utilizing sterile needles inserted into specific body areas, Dry Needling alleviates pain, reduces muscle tension, and enhances mobility. The induced local twitch response (LTR) promotes muscle relaxation and relief from muscular issues.


Dry Needling Techniques in Knoxville

Technique and Application: Our approach to Dry Needling involves precise needle manipulation to elicit effective LTRs, deactivating trigger points and providing immediate pain relief. This enables effective muscle training within a new, pain-free range of motion.

Personalized Treatments: Recognizing the unique nature of each patient’s condition and pain threshold, our therapists customize Dry Needling techniques to suit individual needs and comfort levels.


Dry Needling Benefits for Former Athletes

Effective on Myofascial Trigger Points: Ideal for targeting muscle knots, Dry Needling relieves pain and improves movement, particularly beneficial for former athletes with muscle tightness and movement restrictions.

Versatile for Various Conditions: Dry Needling effectively treats a range of conditions, including headaches, migraines, and joint pains, proving especially useful for overuse injuries and chronic pain commonly experienced by athletes.

Immediate Relief: Patients typically experience a noticeable reduction in symptoms immediately after a Dry Needling session, facilitating a quicker transition to active rehabilitation.


Your Dry Needling Treatment Experience

What to Expect: During treatment, gentle needle insertions may cause sensations like muscle cramps or dull aches, indicating the successful targeting of trigger points.

Integrated Holistic Approach: At Shift Performance PT, Dry Needling is part of a comprehensive therapeutic approach, combined with other treatments to maximize pain relief and functional recovery.


Why Choose Shift Performance PT for Dry Needling?

Expert Therapists: Our therapists are extensively trained in Dry Needling, prioritizing patient comfort and treatment effectiveness.

Customized Treatment Plans: We work closely with our patients to develop individualized treatment strategies, addressing specific recovery goals and conditions.

Committed to Your Recovery: Our goal is to support your journey back to full mobility and strength, helping you return to an active, pain-free lifestyle.

At Shift Performance Physical Therapy, we’re committed to assisting those with chronic pain and injuries, particularly former athletes and active individuals. If you’re experiencing persistent pain or have been restricted in your activities, consider Dry Needling as part of your recovery process. Contact us today for a consultation and take the first step towards an active lifestyle.


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Samar i

My neck and traps were so painful . One meeting with Dr. Blake and I felt so much better. He explained everything, didn’t rush. And made me feel comfortable with Dry Needling which is amazing .thank you ! I’ve seen him a few times now and it feels so good to know I can count on him for relief of any injury I encounter. 

Leslie Marmorstein

Blake is very thorough and attentive to your needs.  He is extremely knowledgeable and helpful with the PT he assigns.  Blake is a wonderful person and I would absolutely recommend him to anyone that needs Physical therapy work.