As you know, athletes tend to put extra stress on their bodies due to training and practice schedules. Many athletes do not take the time to allow the body to fully rest and restore itself properly.

This is where athletes can benefit from Dry Needling.

Dry needling uses very thin needles to help decrease pain, increase mobility, decrease muscle tension and scar tissue, and promote healing. Although dry needling uses the same needles as acupuncture, dry needling is different from acupuncture. Athletes tend to like it because it’s a conservative, non-invasive approach. Dry needling helps to promote blood flow to specific areas of your body, and it can increase the healing process in areas that have not had success with other treatments.

Dry needling is based on modern, Western science and utilizes each individual athlete’s anatomy to determine the points of treatment. The needles are placed into muscles, tendons, and fascia and are left in place anywhere from five seconds to twenty minutes; it is dependent upon the area being treated. It’s a great treatment for neck pain, low back pain, shoulder impingement, runners knee, tennis elbow, chronic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, TMJ, plantar fasciitis, sprains, and strains.


Lauren Alix Riccardi PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, SFMA

Dry Needling Practitioner
Jessica Scott

Jessica Scott DPT, ATC, TSAC-F

Jessica Scott is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Athletic Trainer, and a Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator. She received her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine, as well as her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University. While in graduate school, Jessica worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Athletic Training and Sports Medicine. As a Graduate Assistant, she helped teach undergraduate Athletic Training classes and held private and group study sessions. In addition, she served as a Certified Athletic Trainer for the Quinnipiac Bobcat’s Division I out of season and non-traditional sports teams, providing on-field medical care and follow-up treatment and rehabilitation.

Throughout her career, Jessica has worked with a variety of high school, collegiate, and professional athletes, providing emergency care and rehabilitation for sports injuries. As a Certified Athletic Trainer, Jessica spent eight seasons working within the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Brewster Whitecaps Baseball Club and the Orleans Firebirds Athletic Association and 10 years as the Athletic Trainer for the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association. She also works as a Physical Therapist in Rhode Island Hospital’s outpatient rehabilitation department, treating a number of orthopedic, surgical, and concussion patients. Jessica is also the founder and CEO of New England Tactical Sports Medicine, a company dedicated to improving the health and wellness of Firefighters, EMTs, Law Enforcement, and Military Personnel, also known as Tactical Athletes. New England Tactical Sports Medicine provides rehabilitation services, educational seminars regarding injury prevention, and fitness programs to promote healthy lifestyles and improved physical performance.

Jessica individualizes each program for every client to meet their specific needs. She follows a comprehensive approach to injury prevention and rehabilitative care. Each athlete she works with receives a complete initial evaluation and subsequent follow-up assessments to track progress. She specializes in sports medicine, promoting cardiovascular health and endurance, and treats numerous musculoskeletal injuries, surgical conditions, concussions, and head injuries.

Each rehabilitation therapeutic exercise prescribed and every fitness program is individualized for every athlete. Both rehabilitation and strength and conditioning programs utilize traditional gym equipment, including free weights, resistance bands, and barbells. Jessica also uses non-traditional forms of exercise, including sandbag training; body-weight exercises; and functional, sport-specific activities to assist in meeting the specific needs of athletes. Jessica is certified in various pain-relieving techniques, including dry needling, cupping therapy, and multiple soft tissue massage methods. Her philosophy includes preventing injuries by treating each athlete individually as a whole person, working with the entire body to enhance healing and performance fitness.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure – Board of Allied Health Professions as a

Licensed Physical Therapist

BOC Certified Athletic Trainer

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure – Board of Allied Health Professions as a Licensed Athletic Trainer

National Strength and Conditioning Association Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator ®

American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR and AED)

American Academy of Manipulative Therapy, Dry Needling Institute – Certification in Dry Needling Part I and II

International Cupping Therapy Association – Certified Cupping Therapist

Graston ® Technique Certified

Certified Mulligan Concept Practitioner Part A and B

Who Uses Dry Needling?

Dry needling is helpful for most athletes, including team sports athletes, over-head athletes, contact sport athletes, and endurance athletes. This treatment is currently being used on high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. Dry needling is also beneficial for tactical athletes, including firefighters, EMTs, law enforcement officers, and military personnel.

What Is Dry Needling Good For?

Dry needling is used to treat chronic pain, headaches, TMJ pain, and decreased mobility and range of motion. It is also effective in treating tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, sprains, and strains. Dry needling is helpful to decrease tightness within muscles, break up muscle spasms and scar tissue, and decrease “knots” or trigger points within a muscle.

Dry Needling Session

A dry needling session is roughly 30 minutes long and costs $40 $30 (special sale price for new service). For more information or to schedule your appointment, contact us here


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