top of page

dry Needling

  • Dry Needling can be used to treat muscles, ligaments, tendons, subcutaneous fascia, scar tissue, peripheral nerves, and a variety of neuromusculoskeletal pain syndromes (Dunning et al., 2014).

  • Dry Needling has been shown to improve pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor endplates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation (APTA. Physical therapists & the performance of dry needling, 2012). Come visit one of our Physical Therapists who perform Dry Needling in the Scottsdale area. Call us to discuss our Dry Needling pricing and scheduling.

  • Our Doctors of Physical Therapy were trained by the Dry Needling Institute lead by Dr. James Dunning. We use Dry Needling in a variety of ways in our Physical Therapy practice in conjunction with other manual techniques and movement corrective. Dry Needling Therapy done by a physical therapist in Scottsdale is the best way to see results!

Cervical Dry Needling

Cervical Dry Needling

Play Video

​Dry Needling is effective treatment to reduce pain and disability in:

  • Knee Osteoarthritis

  • Hip Osteoarthritis

  • Piriformis Syndrome

  • Carpal tunnel Syndrome

  • Migraine and Tension Headaches

  • Temporomandibular Disorder (TMJ)

  • Shoulder Pain

  • Neck Pain

  • Low Back Pain

  • Plantar Fasciitis

    • (Dunning et al., 2014)​

what the research says..

  • Dry needling for myofascial trigger points reduced pain and disability for patients with musculoskeletal pain syndromes (Tough et al., 2011). 

  • Dry needling has been shown to have positive outcomes on biomechanics, chemical, and vascular effects of the body (Dunning et al., 2014).

  • A Cochrane Database systematic review showed that needling had a statistically significant and clinically meaningful improvement in joint osteoarthritis (OA) pain compared to the wait list control (Manheimer et al., 2010).

  • Dry needling demonstrated significant results and considered effective for the treatment of the myofascial pain component for plantar fasciitis (Imamura et al., 1998).

How RTS Physio utilizes

dry needling

Dry Needling is an excellent tool and can have great results, however it should not be the sole treatment technique with any physical therapy program. At RTS Physiotherapy here in Scottsdale, dry needling therapy is done in conjunction with manipulation, mobilization with movement and other soft tissue manual therapy to achieve optimal results. Dry needling will give the patient relief but we must find the root cause of the problem so the pathology doesn't return. 


How people respond can be very different from person to person. When the needle is inserted it may feel like a small "prick" and some don't feel the needle at all. The needle will often reproduce pain or symptoms and create a dull ache. You may also get a twitch in the muscle which is a response to the trigger point. After the needling has concluded, you have have some muscle soreness which can last minutes up to a couple days. Some will describe the soreness as feeling achy. Relief from the dry needling can be instant or may take a couple treatments. Although not typical, the dry needling may cause some bruising in the area. To get the best care and Dry Needling Therapy done by a physical therapist in Scottsdale call our office!

bottom of page