Foothills PT - September 2018

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FROM THE DESK OF Tom Thoman

Is Dry Needling Right for You? Recently, a treatment called dry needling has gained attention in the medical community for reducing pain and improving joint motion associated with “trigger points” or “muscle knots.” Trigger points are persistent, painful, tight bands in myofascial or muscle tissue that may develop over time. Although their exact cause is not known, they are often due to muscle injury or repetitive strain. Research supports the use of dry needling to improve pain, reduce muscle tension, and normalize nerve impulses. Dry needling is “dry” because no medication is involved in the process. Thin acupuncture needles are used, but the technique and locations of treatment are different for dry needling than for acupuncture. Patients typically experience little discomfort during treatment. At Foothills Physical Therapy, if you seek our care due to persistent muscle tension, we will provide you with a thorough examination that includes evaluating your strength and range of motion as well as performing a neurological screening. We use a variety of treatment techniques. Among your choices, we’ll see if dry needling is appropriate for you as part of your individualized treatment plan. Ultimately, we will help you reach your fitness and wellness goals!

THEWORLDTRADE CENTER H ow the T owers C ame to B e

On Sept.11, 2001, at 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 struck the north tower of theWorld Trade Center traveling at 470 mph, ripping a hole in the building from floors 93 to 99. At 9:03 a.m., a second plane smashed into the south tower traveling at 590 mph, cutting a gaping hole from floors 75 to 85. Within an hour, the south tower collapsed due to the sheer weight of the building combined with the damage dealt by the impact and the burning jet fuel. At 10:28 a.m., the north tower followed. The rubble and debris from the collapsed towers caused fires and further damage to the surrounding buildings and areas. Within hours, nearly 3,000 people had lost their lives. The attack left the world in a state of terror and grief, and the United States was changed forever. Today, the twin towers’last day is remembered as the worst terrorist attack in history, but few people know how the buildings became part of NewYork City’s skyline in the first place. A world trade center pavilion was first hosted during the NewYorkWorld’s Fair in 1939 — the exhibit was dedicated to the slogan“world peace through trade.”The idea for theWorld Trade Center was then abandoned after seven years, until David Rockefeller revived the concept to reinvigorate lower Manhattan. Rockefeller took the reins and continued the project, finding premises near the Fulton Fish Market on the East River, and construction on the $250 million complex began. He also turned to the Port of NewYork Authority for financial support to ensure theWorld Trade Center’s completion, and the first real plans for theWorld Trade Center were put into action. It was then that the Port Authority decided the towers should break the record for the tallest building in the world, beating the 1,250-foot Empire State building. To do this, architect Minoru Yamasaki designed the towers to hold 110 stories each, but they would not have the traditional

-Tom Thoman

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