What is Dry Needling?

Professional dry needling treatment at Sport & Spine in Marshfield, WI targeting a woman's neck and back muscles.


Have you seen Merrie’s recent dry needling session videos on Facebook, TikTok, or Instagram? Or are you simply interested in learning more about this treatment and its advantages? Either way, we’ve got you covered with this blog post about dry needling.


Dry needling is a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of orthopedic conditions such as shoulder pain, lower back pain, headaches, and more!

Dry needling, a technique that involves the use of fine needles, is performed by licensed physical therapists. The procedure targets myofascial trigger points, muscle tissue, and connective tissues without the use of injected liquids, hence the word “dry”. This treatment has been proven highly effective in addressing a range of orthopedic conditions, whether they are acute or chronic. Delicately inserting a needle into the affected tissue often induces a muscle contraction, which triggers a release. By employing dry needling, physical therapists can safely and efficiently target painful and hyper-irritable spots within skeletal muscle bands. Combined with corrective exercises, this leads to a reduction in discomfort, enhanced flexibility, and a restoration of normal movement patterns.


A myofascial trigger point refers to an area of hyperirritable muscle fibers that can cause pain locally or in other areas of the body. If left untreated, trigger points can lead to decreased muscle function, decreased flexibility, and increased pain. However, trigger point dry needling is a safe and effective way to alleviate pain and release these tense areas.


Expert dry needling treatment provided by Merrill Physical Therapy's skilled therapists in Merrill, Wisconsin.Dry needling can treat a wide range of conditions, which include but are not limited to:

•  Shoulder pain
•  Tendonitis or Tendinopathy
•  Low back pain
•  Muscle strains
•  Hip pain
•  Plantar Fasciitis
•  Neck Pain or Headaches
•  Rotator Cuff Impingement
•  Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
•  TMJ
•  Sciatica

Our highly skilled and compassionate physical therapists are here to guide you through the journey to recovery. At Sport & Spine, we’re not just focused on treating symptoms; we’re dedicated to addressing the root cause of your pain. Dry Needling, in combination with our tailored rehabilitation programs, can empower you to regain a pain-free and mobile life.

Our patients are raving about the benefits of dry needling, so why wait? Take the first step towards a pain-free tomorrow by scheduling an appointment with our experts. We are here to support your health and wellness journey.

This treatment is NOT acupuncture. Modern dry needling is based on Western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the muscles and nervous system. This modality can only be done by trained clinicians, such as the staff at Sport & Spine.



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