Russell Darrington can help you be a Healthier YOU


Russell Darrington has practiced physical therapy for nearly 25 years in a variety of settings. He first managed a busy orthopedic and work rehabilitation clinic in Decatur, AL for 2 years. Following this experience he worked briefly in Utah in both the Orthopedic Outpatient and Home Health Settings before being recruited to the Deep South of Texas.


He lived and worked in McAllen, TX for 4 years in the settings of Work Rehabilitation, Home Health, Pediatrics, and Orthopedics, managing Outpatient Clinics for 2 different companies. In 2001, he moved to the Dallas, TX area, residing in Rockwall, TX. Here he has operated his own Home Health Contract company for over 18 years.


Phoenix Osteopractic Physical Therapy arose from Russell’s desire to return to the Outpatient Setting, but retain control of his own schedule. Russell completed a year of rigorous training with the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy and the Dry Needling Institute, achieving certifications in Spinal Manipulation and Dry Needling, culminating in receiving the coveted Diploma of Osteopractic. Later this year he will achieve the status of a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, an honor attained by less than 1% of all physical therapists nationally.

What is an Osteopractor?

The Diploma in Osteopractic (Dip. Osteopractic) is a relatively new credential, trademarked by the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy and Spinal Manipulation Institute. The term Osteopractor literally translates to “bone practitioner”, and Osteopractors are highly trained in diagnosing and treating most neuro-muscluo-skeletal disorders. The diploma is given only to PT’s, MD’s, or DO’s who have completed a rigorous, evidenced-based series of courses including: 

  • Certification in Spinal Manipulation or Cert. SMT (series of four courses)

  • Certification in Dry Needling or Cert. DN (series of two courses, fifty-four total hours)

  • Extremity Manipulative Therapy

  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

  • Differential Diagnosis & Multi-Modal Management of Upper and Lower Extremity Spine-Related Pain Syndromes.

A manual physical therapist will use a number of different hands-on techniques as part of their treatment. These may include massage, other soft-tissue mobilization techniques, joint mobilizations, manual stretching, and joint manipulation, etc. An Osteopractor has and uses all those skills along with Dry Needling which is similar to acupuncture and Tool- or Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Techniques, meaning we use metal (sometimes other) tools to get specific soft tissue treatments, as well as Cupping, Body Tempering, etc. Basically an Osteopractor is a Physical Therapist, Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, Acupuncturist, and Chiropractor all rolled into one!

If you are struggling with pain, contact the pain experts Phoenix Osteopractic Physical Therapy to make an appointment today! To learn more about Phoenix Osteopractic Physical Therapy, and what our certified experts can do for you, email us at