Trigger point therapy Raleigh NC

Trigger point therapy Raleigh NC

Trigger point therapy can assist in improving flexibility, pain and function of the body.  We utilizes it to reduce “red lights” so you you do not have as many barriers in your movement.  Trigger point therapy can help you move better so you can feel better! Schedule today!

Orthopaedic Manual Therapy

If you’re looking for skilled clinicians to examine you with their hands who have the time, training and focus on you; then you’re looking in the right spot.  Orthopaedic manual therapy is a foundation of our treatment approach and allows us to not only assess your injury, but to provide treatments immediately to give you relief and improve your mobility.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use to treat myofascial pain. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points.

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.  

Dr. Vaughan has advanced training in dry needling and holds a Diploma in Osteopractic Physical Therapy, which is advanced training in the use of dry needling for musculoskeletal conditions. 


Recently, interest in cupping has re-emerged and subsequently, several studies have begun to investigate the mechanisms of cupping therapy.  Mechanically, cupping increases blood circulation, whereas physiologically it activates the immune system and stimulates the mechanosensitive fibers, thus leading to a reduction in pain.

We find that if you constantly “foam roll” and not getting the relief you want, potentially cupping could be an avenue that can help your tissues.


With all of the skills and advances in manual therapy prescription in physical therapy, our philosophy still stands of “teaching you how to treat yourself”.  In order to get best results, you need to “feel it to heal it” – which means specific muscles have to work correctly for you to move better!

This means that we want to show you ways to give yourself relief if you’re in pain and more importantly, ways to make you stronger so you will not have pain.  Bottom line, we want to put the ball in your court as much as possible so you will not have to rely on us!

Myofascial Soft Tissue Mobilization

Manual treatment of the soft tissues has existed since the beginning of recorded history in the form of massage and manipulation. The primary purpose of these approaches was apparently to treat symptomatic soft tissues.  Soft tissue mobilization (STM) has been developed not only to evaluate and treat soft tissue dysfunctions that precipitate myofascial pain but also to evaluate and treat those dysfunctions that alter structure and function and produce mechanical strains on symptomatic structures.

Body Tempering

Compression of the muscles and fascia is a phenomenol method to improve mobility and decrease pain.  Foam rolling is a very popular method of self-treatment but there are areas in the body that is too difficult to reach with foam rolling.  Body Tempering can reach those hard to find areas and provide you the relief you are looking for.

Spinal Manipulation

Orthopaedic manual physical therapy, specifically spinal manipulation, is recognized by the profession of physical therapy as a premiere area of clinical specialization. 

If needed, spinal manipulation can provide immediate relief of pain to your joints to help you move easier. 

Dr. Vaughan has advanced training in spinal manipulation and holds a Diploma in Osteopractic Physical Therapy, which is advanced training in the utilization of manipulation for musculoskeletal conditions.

Canalith Repositioning Manuevers

The spinning sensation and dizziness you get from vertigo can highly impact your life.  The most common type of this condition is BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). It happens when small crystals of calcium get loose in your inner ear. You may feel it when you’re getting in or out of bed, or tilting your head up.

With the correct diagnosis, simple maneuvers by trained vestibular physical therapists can bring you immediate relief.  Our technology allows us to treat the proper canal(s) to give you the most accurate treatment and reduce recurrence rate.

Real Time Ultrasound

The use of real time ultrasound imaging can assess the efficiency of muscle contraction. This tool can be especially helpful for training the pelvic floor and/or deep core muscles as it provides direct feedback if you’re turning the muscles “on” or “off” appropriately.

This new technology is rare and hard to find in the clinical setting. Dr Vaughan has been trained and is utilizing this rehab tool specifically for pelvic and lumbar health.