Dry Needling

Dry Needling is the use of small filament needles to treat soft tissue pain and injuries. It is used by athletes around the world as a valid treatment to rehab injuries, reduce pain and improve healing.

How can dry needling help you? Dry needling can help jump start the body’s natural healing processes to get you back to peak performance faster. It can help relieve tight or painful muscles to help you return to the top of your game.

What is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?

Dry Needling

  • Requires a medical dx
  • Requires a comprehensive medical exam
  • Requires a human anatomy knowledge
  • Needles are inserted at specific pain generator
  • Re-assessment is necessary to gauge response


  • No medical dx required
  • No medical exam required
  • Anatomy not relevant to use
  • Needle placement is non-specific
  • Response is not considered

Dry Needling works to help athletes in several different ways. One big benefit is that dry needling can kick start a systemic healing response. By creating very small micro-trauma to the soft tissue area being treated, the body responds in a positive way by creating a natural healing response. This can help an athlete recover faster or heal more completely. Think of it as a small push to get the healing ball rolling.

Dry Needling can also help release trigger points or tightness in muscles. This can be very useful in helping athletes gain range of motion, flexibility and improve performance. Dry needling has been shown to have a larger positive deformation effect on soft tissue compared to massage. This means it is better at helping soft tissue return to a more normal state.

“Dry Needling (DN) is considered a skilled minimally invasive intervention that uses a thin filament needle to penetrate a variety of altered or dysfunctional connective soft tissue including derma, fascia, muscle, scar tissue, ligaments, tendon, peripheral nerves, neurovascular bundles, and even rigid structures such as bone. DN is primarily used for the management of acute and chronic neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. It is considered a form of medical therapy, and many different terms of this type of medical therapy currently exist; these include intramuscular stimulation, trigger point acupuncture, trigger point dry needling, myofascial trigger point dry needling, intramuscular manual therapy, and/or biomedical acupuncture. DN is defined as “dry” because no chemical solution is involved with the insertion of the needle into the tissue. This makes DN distinctly different from “wet” needling, which does involve injection of solution via a needle into connective tissue.” As defined by the Institute for Athlete Regeneration

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