Dry needling is often used to reduce muscular pain or trigger points. Other studies have proved effectiveness in improving neck range of motion and pain thresholds. A recent study, looked at the possible physical performance benefits from dry needling.
All subjects completed max double leg vertical jump. They were then split into 2 groups; Dry needling group or a sham group. The dry needling group was needled at 4 specific locations in the calf muscle group. The sham group utilized the same 4 locations, but was only pressed with the needling tube and no needle was inserted. Immediately after needling each person performed the vertical jump test again.
The dry needling group demonstrated a significant increase in vertical jump height; a difference of +1.2″ from pre to post needling vs the sham group. The findings indicate that dry needling may be used to improve athletic performance immediately before event. This provides a good framework or concept for future application of dry needling therapy and its benefits.
The International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy | Volume 12, Number 5 | October 2017 | Page 747