Dr. Carissa Hamilton-Toups, DC, BHCA is one of the only Chiropractors in the Crowley/Rayne area that has been trained in Integrative Dry Needling. She successfully completed the integrative Dry Needling training for pain management and sports medicine. After that she completed the advance Dry Needling course for sports medicine and rehabilitation. She studied under Dr. Yu-Tao Ma, PhD who is the director of the American Dry Needling Institution. Dr. Ma is one of the leading authorities in the world in this procedure. He was trained as a neuroscientist and has conducted research on rehabilitation and pain mechanism for the past 22 years.
Modern Integrating Dry Needling is not Acupuncture. It is based on Western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. Needles are inserted into points that correspond to identifiable nerves, motor points, and trigger points in muscles. Dry Needling is based on these points not, meridians. It has been shown to be very helpful in treating musculoskeletal problems like tendinitis, athletic and sports related overuse injuries, post traumatic injuries, motor vehicle accidents and work-related injuries. It is very effective in treating joint pain such as shoulders, hips, knees, etc. It is especially effective when used in conjunction with chiropractic manipulation.