MediCenter Press Release

  • By The Admin
  • 30 Jun, 2016

“Dry Needling” comes to the Kenai MediCenter Specialties Clinic

Kenai, Alaska, June 13, 2016:  We are happy to announce that Dr. Richard recently completed 27 hours of training in the use of “dry needling” to perform “Intramuscular Stimulation”. This provides patients with an additional, non-medicinal, option for treatment of pain persisting after acute and subacute pains have diminished. Using a fine, flexible, pin, to stimulate spinal reflexes and hypersensitive points in muscle, tense muscles with trigger points are gradually loosened and returned to normal tension. This reduces pain and improves function.

The Intramuscular Stimulation model of trigger point dry needling was developed by Dr. C.C. Gunn, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Pain Center. “IMS” is not “acupuncture”, though it uses acupuncture needles to stimulate abnormal motor points in muscles to activate reflex arcs as part of the treatment. Acupuncture is a completely different approach and discipline, based on ancient Chinese tradition. IMS is based on the work of Janet Travell and David Simons in referred pain patterns, trigger points, and segmental pain patterns. The foundations of IMS lay in modern medicine and technology.

Dr. Richard graduated from Husson College in 2000 with a Masters of Science degree (Honors) and 2012 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. In 2014, he became a “Board Certified Clinical Specialist” in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. His academic work in the Masters Program included human anatomy (cadaveric dissection) for three semesters, as well as didactic learning over three years of anatomic study.

Leon Richards is actively heading up our Physical Therapy Department. Leon Richard earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy with Honors from Husson College in Maine. Through many of his life experiences in firefighting, law enforcement, weightlifting, martial arts and many other strenuous physical activities, Leon's first experience in PT was in work injury prevention. He has gained an appreciation for the human body and apassion for thoroughly understanding how it works.


Dr. Richard is looking forward to helping people with this most recent addition to his clinical toolbox. Please, stop by the clinic or email, call, for more information.



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