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Physical Therapy

Welcome to our Physical Therapy Department and Health and Fitness Center at St. Luke Community Healthcare. Our licensed and experienced physical therapists provide our patients with a comprehensive and customized Physical Therapy Service to meet their specific needs and goals. A therapist will also design a customized Health and Fitness Program to help patients reach their desired goals.
The St. Luke Community Healthcare Physical Therapy team will help you get back to feeling great and doing the things you love to do.

Dry Needling

What is dry needling?
Dry needling is an invasive procedure in which a solid filament needle is inserted into the skin and targeted tissue (muscle, tendon, bone ligament, nerve) causing pain cycle in the targeted tissue.

How does dry needling work?
With both mechanical and biochemical effects allowing the muscle contracture to release to its normal length, circulation to improve, swelling to recede and chemicals to disperse out of the tissue allowing proper healing to occur.

What types of problems can be treated?
A variety of neromusculoskeletal problems including but not limited to neck, back, shoulder, jaw, buttock, leg, foot and arm pain, and migraine and tension-type headaches.

Is the procedure painful?
Most patients do not feel the insertion of the needle. There is many times a local twitch response which elicits a very brief painful response. This is less than a second. The therapeutic response occurs with the elicitation of dull achiness that is a good and desirable reaction for stressful outcomes.

What side effects can I expect after the treatment?
Most patients have some sort of soreness after treatment. The soreness is described as muscle soreness over the area treated and into the areas of referred symptoms. Typically, the soreness lasts between hours and days.

How long does it take for the procedure to work?
Typically, it takes several visits for a positive reaction to take place. Again, we are trying to cause mechanical and biochemical changes without any pharmacologic means. Therefore, we are looking for a cumulative response to achieve a certain threshold after which the pain cycle is disturbed.

Contact Us In Ronan

107 6th Ave SW
Ronan, MT 59864
Phone: (406) 528-5234


Contact Us in Polson

107 Ridgewater Drive
Polson, MT 59860
Phone: (406) 883-2666