Dry Needling

Foothills Physical Therapy offers one-on-one care by a therapist licensed in dry needling. Dry needling is a modern, evidence-based intervention used to treat conditions involving musculoskeletal nervous system. Dry needling can be used to treat conditions such as headaches, tennis elbow, joint pain, plantar fasciitis, and much more. 

While dry needling is new to the state of Idaho, we have experienced therapists from other states who are certified in this care technique and are ready to help you.

Full Body:

  • Nick Woods, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT 
  • Lisa Swan, MPT, CMPT 
  • Danielle Melton, DPT, CSCS 
  • Jim Hammer, DPT, OCS 
  • Jerret Hopstad, MPT, OCS 
  • Beau Lockmer, DPT 
  • Sara Carpenter, DPT 
  • Pam Martin, MPT, OCS, ATC 
  • Kevin D. Racine, DPT 
  • Hope Whitman, DPT 
  • Chris Fox, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT  
  • Nicole Puopolo Olsen, MSPT 
  • Brian O'Neal DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC 
  • Dylan Kent, DPT 
  • Clark Day, DPT

Upper Body:

  • J. Brooks Aberg, DPT, OCS 
  • Christopher Crowe, DPT, OCS 

In this treatment, we insert fine microfilament needles into the soft tissues to reduce pain and to start a healing response. This treatment is used to treat both acute and chronic problems. 

Dry needling allows the physical therapist to get deep into the areas/tissues where the underlying problem is located, where manual therapy interventions sometimes cannot reach. 

Dry needling helps “reset” areas where you may be experiencing dysfunction. Dry needling helps in reducing pain, releasing trigger points, improving flexibility/range of motion and circulation, releasing scar tissue, calming nerve pain, and much more. 


Dry Needling may be beneficial for those with:

  • Myofascial trigger points (painful knots in muscles)
  • Tendon disorders
  • Ligament disorders
  • Nerve disorders
  • Osteoarthritis