Dr. Tara Jaeger, PT, DPT, ATC is the owner and founder of Recharge Physical
Therapy and Wellness. Tara is originally from Moorhead, MN and received her
training from: B.S. in Athletic Training, MSUM - Moorhead; B.S. in Exercise
Science, MSUM-Moorhead; Doctorate in Physical Therapy, University of
Tara has over 9 dedicated years of experience in healthcare and
nearly 5 years experience in physical therapy in various areas of physical therapy including athletes (of all ages), pediatrics, geriatrics, stroke rehab, post-surgical rehabilitation, arthritis, manual therapy, TMJ dysfunction, low back pain, cupping, dry needling, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, etc.
Tara finds passion in helping people get back to living an active lifestyle through movement specific to each individual person's needs and goals.
In her spare time, Tara enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children, watching her older 2 play hockey, golfing, lifting weights, and playing volleyball.
What is dry needling?
Integrative dry needling is not acupuncture (traditional Chinese medicine), it is based on neuro-anatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. A very fine filament needle is inserted through the skin and into the deeper tissues that are considered trigger points to your pain. Dry needling works by causing a micro lesion within the pathological tissue thus breaking up shortened tissues, inhibiting a reflex arc from the nervous system to the tissue, normalizing the inflammatory response, and centrally mediating the pain. This mechanical and neuromuscular effect provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal which ultimately reduces pain.
What conditions is it used for?
Conditions include, but are not limited to:
- neck, back and shoulder pain,
- arm pain (tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow),
- headache to include migraines and tension- type headaches,
- jaw pain,
- buttock pain and leg pain (sciatica, hamstrings strains, calf tightness/spasms).
Is this procedure painful?
The fine filament sterile needle is very thin, solid, and flexible, which allows for the needle to be pushed through the skin versus cutting the skin. This helps reduce any discomfort that may occur with the procedure. We strive to make the treatment virtually painless however at times a local twitch response of the muscle may be felt. When the needle is inserted into the pathological tissue the local twitch response sensation is normal and is felt only momentarily. Many patients describe this twitch response as a little electric shock, cramp or an ache sensation. These sensations are perfectly normal and even a desirable response. Your PT will make every effort to make your experience comfortable and therapeutic.
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