Of course, we provide physical therapy.

In fact, we have been serving the Fairfield community and surrounding area for more than 20 years. But, did you know we also offer a number of popular wellness services?

physical-therapy-servicesAt Preneta Physical Therapy, we are solely interested in getting you back to your life’s activities and restoring your quality of life. We have a staff of highly experienced physical therapists – each with more than 15 years of clinic experience – as well as quailed Exercise Physiologists, Personal Trainers, Athletic Trainers, and qualified rehabilitation and wellness instructors.

In addition to Physical Therapy, we offer One on One Full Body Stretching, Balance Training, Personal Training/Strength and Conditioning, and Athletic Training to support your ongoing wellness. Click on any of the following links to learn more.

Dry Needling

Dry Needling by a Physical Therapist: What You Should Know


Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use 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. Read More… [click to the following]

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 1.

What is a Trigger Point?

A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch, and touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body.

What Kind of Needles Are Used?

Dry needling involves a thin filiform needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues. The needle allows a physical therapist to target tissues that are not manually palpable.

Physical therapists wear gloves and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when dry needling, consistent with Standard Precautions, Guide to Infection Prevention for Outpatient Settings, and OSHA standards. The sterile needles are disposed of in a medical sharps collector.

Why Dry Needling?

In cases when dry needling is used by physical therapists, it is typically 1 technique that's part of a larger treatment plan.

Physical therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Preliminary research 2 supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up the patient's return to active rehabilitation.

As part of their entry level education, physical therapists are well educated in anatomy and therapeutic treatment of the body. Physical therapists who perform dry needling supplement that knowledge by obtaining specific postgraduate education and training. When contacting a physical therapist for dry needling treatment, be sure to ask about their specific experience and education.


Cummings MT, White AR. Needling therapies in the management of myofascial trigger point pain: a systematic review. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2001;82(7):986–992. Free Article.

Kalichman L, Vulfsons S. Dry needling in the management musculoskeletal pain. J Am Board Fam Med. 2010;23(5):640–646. Free Article.

Physical Therapy Services

Each Preneta physical therapist is highly qualified – we have more than eighty years of combined patient care physical therapy experience – in fact, we challenge you to find a local group with more experience! We offer comprehensive rehabilitation programs for people of all ages and with varied injuries.

One on One Full Body Stretching

Are you waking up sore after “normal for you” activity? Or do you have unexplained pain? Perhaps you feel stiff while exercising? Or, maybe you are looking to improve your golf or tennis game?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, One on One Full Body Stretching could be your answer.

Balance Training

Loss of balance and falls can be prevented if individuals take measures to protect themselves, much as they do against health conditions such as heart disease. At Preneta Physical Therapy our balance classes provide an assessment and treatment plan created by a licensed physical therapist.

Athletic Training

Preneta Physical Therapy is home to the certified athletic trainers and strength and conditioning coaches at Fairfield Prep in Fairfield. This expertise is also available in the clinic for competition day preparation or longer term training.

Massage Therapy

At Preneta Physical Therapy, our massage therapists are licensed and trained in a variety of specialty massage techniques and work closely with our Physical therapists for when evaluation is required. Therapeutic or specific Medical massage can offer effective and lasting relief from pain and stress and chronic ailments.

Yoga and Pilates

The Preneta Physical Therapy Yoga and Pilates programs offer patients a chance to continue to work on their goals in a detailed way, without strict time or session limitations. Both programs offer group and private sessions taught by highly qualified and experienced instructors who understand injury management and prevention.

Graston Technique®

The Graston Technique® incorporates an evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function. Only clinicians who have been trained and accredited in the Graston Technique® are qualified to obtain the Graston Technique® instruments and apply the technique to treat patients.

Laser Therapy

Cold Laser Therapy is Physical Therapy treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue to assist in accelerating the healing process. Applied in a clinical setting by a Physical Therapist, Cold Laser Therapy can be used on patients who suffer from a variety of acute and chronic conditions, including Arthritis, to assist in the elimination of pain and swelling, and to increase functionality.

Preneta Physical Therapy

2119 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
Phone: 203-259-7177
Fax: 203-256-9217


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