Acupuncture or Dry Needling, What’s the Difference?

Andrea Whitehead Techniques

We often get asked, is there a difference between acupuncture and dry needling? If so, what makes them different? They do have some similarities – some being that they both use very fine acupuncture needles, they both help relieve pain, relax spasming muscles, release adhesions, and stimulate circulation and healing in chronic situations. Acupuncture involves inserting needles at specific places …

Spinal traction / Decompression

Andrea Whitehead Techniques

Spinal Traction is a continuous force being applied along the long axis of your spine, in an attempt to elongate your spine and relieve pressure. Spinal Traction relieves pressure by increasing the space between the vertebrae which allows higher rates of blood flow through the muscles surrounding the vertebrae. Gravity is always pulling your spine together in a compressed direction. …

Graston Technique

Andrea Whitehead Techniques

The Graston Technique uses a variety of unique handheld tools combined with a specialized form of massage that is designed to help the practitioner identify areas of restriction and break up the scar tissue. There are 6 core tools used in the Graston Technique. These tools are made of stainless steel and are concave and convex-shaped. The Graston Technique is …

Taping

Andrea Whitehead Techniques

Kinesio taping is a rehabilitative technique that facilitates the body’s natural healing process while simultaneously providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting range of motion. Kinesio taping provides extended soft tissue manipulation which prolongs the beneficial effects of the manual therapy given. Kinesio tape can be applied hundred of different ways and has the ability to re-educate …

Myofascial release

Andrea Whitehead Techniques

Myofascial Release is a safe and effective manual technique used to stretch the fascia. When the fascia is stretched a thin sheath of fibrous tissue enclosing the muscle will release the bonds between fascia, muscle, bones, and the skin. What creates Myofascial restrictions? Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions can produce pain and loss of mobility. During …