At Dubuque Physical Therapy, we utilize specialized techniques and advanced technology to assist in our comprehensive range of physical therapy services. With two locations in Dubuque to better serve your needs, our team is committed to helping every client return to their normal activities, whether it be work or playing sports, as quickly as we can.

We offer a full range of services including therapy for sports and orthopedic injuries, workers compensation and post surgical rehab, disability exams, work hardening/conditioning, functional capacity evaluations, and more.

“We pride ourselves on spending one-on-one time with our clients . . .”

To maximize your recovery and promote healing, our knowledgeable staff may utilize any of the proven techniques below.

[Click on each technique for an expanded description.]

Manual Therapy

Hands-on treatment is a huge part of how we help you get better. We use our hands to feel tension and restrictions in joints and soft tissues to help form a diagnosis. We then also use our hands for treatment, utilizing joint mobilizations, soft tissue and scar mobilization, to assist with stretching and guide your movements to allow the quickest possible return to your normal life. We pride ourselves on spending one-on-one time with all of our clients, using manual therapy techniques with most of our clients.

Strengthening and Stretching

Research suggests that people who exercise on a regular basis experience less pain. At Dubuque Physical Therapy, we prescribe specific strengthening exercises and stretches to improve the balance between stability and mobility in your body. We believe that each area of the body impacts another, and they all need to work together to allow proper function. We work with each client to create an individualized home program to help reach their goals.


Understanding how amazing the human body is and what it is capable of makes a huge difference in a person’s recovery. We sit down with our clients in a one-on-one setting to help them understand how their nervous system, muscles and joints work together to heal itself. We use pain neuroscience education along with 3D anatomy applications to make sure you understand what is happening in your body which in turn helps your body heal.

Dry Needling

This specialized technique uses a “dry” needle (meaning one without medication) to stimulate healing of muscles. Dry needling is performed to the trigger points or tender spots in muscles to help flush inflammatory and pain-producing chemicals out of the muscle. This release can immediately improve range of motion, decrease pain, and improve function. Patients often feel a significant improvement of their symptoms immediately after the treatment. Dry needling facilitates a hastened return to strengthening and exercises that result in a faster return to normal activities.

Dry Needling: An Intro
Dry Needling:A Patient
Dry Needling:A Patient
Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy is a safe, non-invasive, FDA cleared modality for the treatment of pain and the temporary increase of microcirculation. Increased microcirculation can provide relief for many acute and chronic conditions. This technique can be used alone or with other therapies and uses a low-level laser light to regenerate tissue and accelerate the healing process. The amount of laser therapy treatments needed depends on the severity of the condition. It is a great option for those seeking an alternative to invasive treatments.


The SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) is a movement-based diagnostic system, designed to clinically assess seven fundamental movement patterns in patients with musculoskeletal pain. This assessment allows physical therapists to find the underlying cause of symptoms. Unlike the SFMA, the FMS (Functional Movement Systems) is not a diagnostic system. It is used to evaluate patients’ movement patterns to determine potential risks for injury.


Astym® is a physical therapy treatment that addresses the cause of your pain by restoring healthy, soft tissues and eliminating or reducing unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions. Rather than just temporarily relieving pain, Astym® can resolve the underlying cause of soft tissue dysfunctions. The Astym® treatment can be done on patients of all ages and on most physical therapy injuries.

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Graston Technique 

Graston Technique® is a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) that allows our team to effectively treat scar tissue and fascial restrictions and improve range of motion. This unique technique uses stainless steel instruments to address soft tissue and fascial restrictions to improve range of motion and decrease pain.

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The XRTS™ Effort Assessment™ is a cross-reference testing system used during Functional Capacity Evaluations. We use the XRTS™ to scientifically determine how much effort a patient is putting into their treatment and how well they are cooperating with their physical therapist. This allows decisions about the patient’s course of treatment to be made objectively.

Vibration Plate

Research suggests use of vibration while performing exercises and stretches can excite nerves, mobilize joints and increase muscle activation. We use our vibration plates for many conditions including balance disorders and neuropathy, as well as during stabilization exercises and stretches to maximize benefit.