Dr. Krystal Fannin

(she/her)

Georgia

Physical Therapist

  • Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT)
  • Pelvic Health trained
  • Registered Yoga Teacher
  • Redcord® Provider

Krystal Fannin is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) specializing in pelvic health, chronic pain, and orthopedic conditions related to the spine and pelvis. She works at Activcore in Atlanta, Georgia, located just 2 miles from Emory University.

Krystal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Anderson University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of North Georgia. She has advanced post-graduate training in pelvic health and pelvic floor physical therapy, in Redcord suspension based physical therapy, and in dry needling as a certified myofascial trigger point therapist. She is also a registered yoga teacher.

Krystal brings more than a dozen years of experience in exercise and movement instruction into her treatments. She grew up participating in basketball and track and field. She competed in track and field at the collegiate level in short and long-distance hurdles, long jump and triple jump. She continues to channel her love of movement by teaching it at an individual level and in a group setting. Krystal has progressed through being an American College of Sports Medicine personal trainer, a group exercise instructor in Zumba and strength classes, and many customer service oriented occupations before earning her graduate degree in physical therapy.

Krystal treats people of all ages and genders. She has a special interest in helping those overcome sedentary work postures, prenatal through postpartum care, and pelvic pain and dysfunction. Her mission is to empower people to heal through movement and contribute to human flourishing. Krystal guides her clients back to their loved activities through an individualized care approach considering physical, social, medical, and emotional variables that affect recovery. Her sessions are an educational experience revolving around each person's unique journey. She also provides tools for long-term success.

When Krystal is not treating at Activcore, she is spending time with her husband and friends bonding over sports or board games. As a former Wisconsinite, she loves all things Packers, Badgers, Brewers and Bucks. She enjoys yoga, yard games, calligraphy, and rooftop pools and restaurants.

Learn How to Breathe: Why Yoga Complements Physical Therapy

As a physical therapist and movement specialist, I treat from a holistic approach focusing beyond physical injury. This means that I consider other variables contributing to pain and healing potential including sleep patterns, nutrition, occupational hazards, and possible stressors. This recognition of the complexity of pain and injury led me to seek additional education by becoming a yoga teacher to serve as a way to teach the connection of the mind and the body. This connection is made stronger by having a strong practice in learning how to breathe.

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4 Breathing Techniques to Relieve Tension

In my previous post, we covered the benefits of learning how to breathe properly, as well as the foundation of our breath outlined by diaphragmatic breathing. Once you have learned the basics of proper breathing, you can move into different breathing techniques to foster a positive healing environment for the body and aid in managing stress. Other prerequisites are to find a comfortable seated posture and a calm, inner focus. My recommendation is to experiment with each and find the technique which resonates with you. 

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How Can Nutrition Help My Physical Therapy? Chatting with Nutritionist Christina Ellenberg.

Many physical therapy clients ask their PT about certain diet types or nutritional supplements. Although physical therapists receive some background education about nutrition during their course of study, it is outside of our scope of practice to recommend specific dietary changes or meal plans. As a profession we do strive to be aware of different types of diets, as well as the molecular biology of how food breaks down in our body, which affects our ability to perform physical activity. We are also aware of how nutrition can affect tissue healing which is why we address the topic as an overview for our clients to understand its importance in their recovery.

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Mask Wearing Can Be a Pain in the Neck: 5 Movements to Alleviate Muscle Tension

After recently spending 3 days caretaking for my at-risk, elderly family members, I was humbled by the physical toll wearing a mask for 12 consecutive hours each day had on my body. As I was helping with household chores such as dishwashing, laundry and mail opening, about every 30 minutes I became aware of growing tension developing in the back of my neck. This was a result from looking down –– and over my mask –– for extended periods of time.

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Is Dry Needling Like Acupuncture?

Acupuncture and dry needling can use the same, thin filiform needle. However, the mechanism for what each is used for differs. In this blog article, we will explore the differences between trigger point dry needling (TPDN) and acupuncture.‍ Have you ever felt a knot-like band in a muscle? Perhaps an aching pain coming from a particular spot on a muscle that is reproduced when pressure is applied? This may be known as a trigger point defined as a “focal area of hyperirritability that is sensitive to pressure and can refer symptoms to other areas of the body.”

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Do I Have Pelvic Floor Dysfunction? How to Screen For This.

I am a physical therapist who specializes in the pelvic floor. I can assess, diagnose, prevent and prescribe treatment of pelvic floor related conditions. These dysfunctions include urinary incontinence, bladder and bowel dysfunctions, sensory issues and pain around pelvis, pain with sex and other sexual related dysfunctions, pelvic organ prolapse, pregnancy and postpartum recovery and more.

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3 Tips For Managing Diastasis Recti During Pregnancy

A diastasis recti (DR) occurs when the rectus abdominis, your 6-pack muscles, separate in the front of the body. This commonly occurs during pregnancy but can also be found in persons with stomach obesity. As the abdomen increases in size, it stretches the front abdominal wall leaving the linea alba (connective tissue between your abdominal muscles) vulnerable to separation.

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Physical Therapist's Role in Osteoporosis Management

Bone density peaks for women around age 18 and in the early 20s for men. Women begin to rapidly lose bone density during menopause. After menopause, bone density losses taper. It is during this time that women are at risk for developing osteoporosis. New guidelines have been released by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) on physical therapist's management of osteoporosis...

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My Reviews

The physical therapists at Activcore work wonders! Dr. Krystal Fannin is so kind and really focused on resolving the cause. She took the time to teach me about the layers of muscles we were working on. I recommend going after every pregnancy - don't delay!

Rebecca L.

I avoided surgery! To have such a dedicated, friendly, approachable, understanding, knowledgeable, and wise PT, I am thankful. She has fully supported my body in its natural healing. In rehabilitating my shoulder that suffered a torn labrum years ago, Dr. Krystal Fannin has been my physical therapist (PT) for several months now. My range of motion, strength, and stability have improved greatly, and my shoulder for all practical intents and purposes is impeccable. I highly recommend her to anyone who is driven and curious about improving his/her health via rehabilitation.

Benjamin C.


I've been working with Krystal for a year now. As a Sports Performance Coach and Powerlifter, I had back pain, lack of hip mobility and sometimes just nagging aches and pains. Whether it's manual therapy or dry needling, I always leave feeling better and ready for the next training session. Bonus: Krystal is fun to talk to and just a good person. If you're going to Activcore you need to see her!

Kalil S.

Activcore (Krystal Fannin and Elizabeth Ariosto especially) is an amazing place. My 11 year old son with a torn PCL in a full leg cast for 2 months. Elizabeth worked with him twice a week (Pilates) to build his core strength. After the leg brace came off we had an awful experience with a doctor recommended PT that just gave him exercises and did not even watch or correct his form. At this time, Elizabeth recommended that we see Dr. Krystal Fannin at Activcore. We worked in tandem with both of them. It was an amazing experience for an 11-year-old to gain great awareness of his body and understand the foundation of getting stronger, while healing and building strength. Thank you both. He is back to both baseball and basketball, and stronger than ever.

Kathry F.

As a former outpatient Physical Therapist, I recently got hurt and couldn’t figure out my back pain. Even with years in the field and visiting other practitioners, no one could figure out what was causing my shooting pain down the leg. Then, I saw Dr. Krystal Fannin at Activcore for several weeks. She is intelligent, empathetic, and did a great job listening to me. I’m happy to say that I have made a full recovery. She’s one of the top healers in Atlanta in my opinion and I'm grateful for her help. That’s my story, and I recommend you look her up.

Dr. Andreas Steinman

I’ve been working with Dr. Krystal Fannin for a few months now, and I know I am in great hands with her. She is very knowledgeable and thoughtful in her approach. She really listens and takes her time to identify the reason for my pain. She thoroughly explains her thought process and assigned exercises in a way that I can understand. Not only is Krystal very knowledgeable in her field, but she is also very kind and personable.

Andrea W.

Dr. Krystal Fannin is great! She figured out what was causing my issues and corrected them via visits with her and at home exercises. She is a wonderful listener and gives very thoughtful advice. I highly recommend her and Activcore!

Barb D.

I had such a great experience with Dr. Krystal Fannin. Not only do my neck and shoulders feel so much better, but she took the time to help me understand why I was having the pain, what I could do to prevent it in the future, and ways I can adjust my lifestyle to prevent injury. I finally understand what’s been causing my pain for so long! She was so friendly and thoughtful and was genuinely committed to making sure all my concerns and questions were addressed. Not only would I go back to her for any future issues, but I’d recommend her in a heartbeat to anyone who needs a physical therapist.

Jill Wener, MD

I have had an amazing experience at Activcore!! Kristian Hatley, my Pilates instructor, and Dr. Krystal Fannin, my PT have both been nothing short of amazing! Not only are they both very capable and knowledgeable, but also personable and kind. Thank you thank you!

Clara M.

I have been struggling with scoliosis my whole life. It got to a point where I needed to get help. I was so satisfied with my results going to Activcore. Krystal gave me exercises to do each week, and she also explained the reason behind every movement. She was very knowledgeable. I finally feel relief in my back!

Luca W.

Dr. Krystal Fannin is the best! Ask for her when you have aches pains that you can’t get rid of. She has a fantastic bedside manner and is an expert at pinpointing the source of pain. I am back to exercising every day without pain, thanks again doc!

Nicholas L.

Dr. Crystal has been very helpful explaining what is causing the pain in my neck and shoulder and working to improve functionality in those areas. She is very patient.

Roberta M.

Love this place! I highly recommend seeing Krystal for physical therapy. She’s very thorough and super kind. I’ve never tried Redcord therapy before but she made me feel very comfortable. I can’t wait for my next session.

Melody L.

Dr. Krystal Fannin is a joy to work with. She’s very thorough in explaining and implementing the techniques and treatment in which to help with the therapy and goal of overall health. I’ve definitely made gains since beginning our treatment.

Derek S.

Crystal was great! She was kind and helpful.

Martin A.

I just want Krystal to know that I appreciate her knowledge and skills. This has been a bit of a long road but I am crediting my recent improvement to Krystal’s experience and expertise. I am feeling pleased at the progress we have made.

Paul K.

My therapist Krystal was awesome in taking care of me.

Bertha S.

Krystal was amazing! I enjoyed being there despite the hard work!

Bekkah S.

Krystal was patient in working to understand my issue and teaching me how to make it better. Thank you!

Barbara F.

Krystal was very helpful and knowledgeable, made me very comfortable and I’d recommend her highly.

Caryn N.

Everybody is great, however I had the chance to work Dr. Sterling and she did an awesome job!

Christopher B.

I enjoyed Krystal she’s is very knowledgeable and friendly.

James T.

My experience here is one that I will be forever grateful for. I worked with Krystal and she helped me greatly. I injured my shoulder about 9 years ago and after finally deciding to go to the doctor for it that sent me here. I was told that if physical therapy didn’t work I would have to have surgery. However, over the course of 16 weeks I was able to rebuild a majority of my shoulder and am no longer looking at having surgery. Everyone that works here is super friendly including the scheduling staff. They are all willing to help you with scheduling and any other questions you have. Although my time has ended there, they left me with more knowledge and exercises that will help me maintain and strengthen my muscles!

Allison H.

Dr. Krystal Fannin is a master at her craft. After just a few sessions I am so happy to have the relief I have been looking for!

Nicholas

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