Dry Needling & Medical/Sports Acupuncture Provider Directory

What is Dry Needling? 

With roughly 45 miles of nerves and 700 skeletal muscles in the human body, it really is plausible that allowing a practitioner to use his/her knowledge of anatomy, needle insertion, and clinical experience, can lead to decreased pain in the neuromuscular system.

Dry needling is a technique used by many healthcare professionals that consists of inserting thin needles into skin, fascia, muscle, tendons, and joint regions for beneficial therapeutic outcomes such as decreased pain, increased range of motion, decreased spasticity, reducing headaches, reducing neuromuscular pain syndromes, and improving overall daily function. The term dry needling specifically refers to thin needle insertion without the injection of any medications or analgesics.

The Multi Provider Directory:

If you've heard about dry needling and have been curious to try it, check our directory to find a provider near you. This is a multi-provider listing in which you have access to physical therapists (PT), chiropractors (DC), acupuncturists (LAc), athletic trainers (AT), occupational therapists (OT), massage therapists (MT), doctors of osteopathy (DO), medical doctors (MD). Keep in mind that not all types of providers can legally practice dry needling in all areas. This is dependent on professional practice acts and geographical legal statuses.

Is dry needling okay for anyone? Your dry needling provider will review any safety issues and any reasons to try or not try dry needling.

Common indications for dry needling or sports acupuncture:


Hip/Bursitis Pain

Low Back Pain




Sports Injuries

Plantar Fasciitis

IT Band Syndrome

Overuse Injuries

Jaw Pain/TMJ

Neuromuscular Conditions

Shoulder Pain/Rotator Cuff

Pelvic Pain


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Tennis/Golfer's Elbow



Bulging Disc/Disc Degeneration

Facet Joint Irritation

"Physical activity is the closest thing we have to a wonder drug." - Former Director of the US Centers for Disease Control, Thomas Frieden

Medical options for pain relief include NSAID'ssteroid injections, facet joint injectionsBotox injections for migraines, stem cell injections, Prolotherapy, PRP injectionsopioid (narcotic) medications, radiofrequency neurotomy (burning nerves), and quite possibly surgery (i.e. spinal fusion). All of these options come with hope and potential drawbacks in the form of high cost, possible ineffectiveness, possible addictive nature, and the possibility of doing more harm than good. When considering any of the above options for pain relief we recommend finding a dry needling or medical acupuncture provider as part of your care plan because many pain syndromes are the result of neuromuscular irritation which often can be minimized with the use of dry needling or medical acupuncture.                                                                                                                     

"When you have found your dry needler, you have found your riches."

headaches, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, jaw pain, back pain, joint pain

Dry Needling Tips!

  • Find a provider you feel comfortable with whether it be PT, DC, LAc, DO, MD, OT, AT, OT, MT.
  • Understand that all of these providers will not be available in all locations.
  • Understand that all practitioners listed above will treat based on their own education, experience, and medical philosophies (and unfortunately, may speak down about different professionals).
  • Talk to your provider about any health concerns that may contraindicate the use of dry needling.
  • Try to abandon any 'needle phobias' to have greater success with dry needling. This can be difficult.
  • Give dry needling a few tries in order to make any significant changes in pain or function.
  • Ask your practitioner questions about his/her dry needling education and experience treating your issue.
  • Talk to your provider about any possible adverse reactions.
  • Do your research so that you feel comfortable and confident in seeking dry needling or medical acupuncture.
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