HCMC Center for Wellness & Rehab Now Offering Dry Needling

CUTLINE – Pictured is Shelley Tucker, DPT, CLT, who is now offering dry needling therapy at HCMC Center for Wellness & Rehabilitation

Paris, TN – HCMC Center for Wellness & Rehab continues to expand and offer new services to the community.  Debbie Jelks, the Director of the Center for Wellness and Rehabilitation at Henry County Medical Center, announced recently that Shelley Tucker, DPT, CLT, is now offering dry needling therapy at the Center.

“This is a valuable service for a huge variety of patients in our area,” said Jelks. “Very few physical therapists are able to perform dry needling therapy and we’re excited that Shelley completed the dry needling level I process to be able to offer this service to patients in our region.”

Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use (where allowed by state law) for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle.

Other terms commonly used to describe dry needling, include trigger point dry needling, and intramuscular manual therapy. Dry needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles and supported by research.

Tucker obtained dry needling education, completing required hands-on class work and passing a written and lab exam.  Tucker is now able to provide care for patients suffering with pain and functional limitations.

Tucker, a Huntingdon native who now lives in Paris, is a graduate of UT Health Science Center in Memphis.  She joined HCMC and the Center for Wellness and Rehabilitation in 2013.

The HCMC Center for Wellness and Rehabilitation offers convenient and specialized care providing services for orthopedic patients, neurological patients, lymphedema patients, speech/language pathology patients, pediatric physical and occupational therapy, vestibular patients and a variety of other diagnoses.

To learn more about the HCMC Center for Wellness and Rehabilitation, check us out online at www.hcmc-tn.org or go to our new FB page, https://www.facebook.com/HCMCWellnessCenter.  For an appointment, call our Center at 731-642-2411.

About Henry County Medical Center
Located in Paris, TN, Henry County Medical Center is a progressive, integrated healthcare organization committed to serving the healthcare needs of Henry County and the adjoining region.  Including a 142-bed hospital and other facilities, the medical center provides a variety of outpatient services, as well as inpatient care. Additionally, HCMC owns and operates 7 provider clinics in various specialties.  Henry County Medical Center is a county-owned and operated nonprofit institution. For more information: www.hcmc-tn.org.