We are proud to offer functional dry needling to the greater Denver area, along with its research-supported health benefits.


Dr. Cowin owns and practices at Action Spine & Sports Medicine in the heart of Denver, Colorado, right across the street from the River North Promenade.

What is functional dry needling?

A method of trigger point therapy, dry needling refers to the therapeutic practice of strategically placing thin needles into affected muscles and/or trigger points to treat pain. Functional dry needling is “dry” because there is no injectable solution in the needles. It’s an approach commonly used in functional sports medicine, as it does not require prescription pharmaceuticals and is focused on the promotion of whole-body health and performance. Dr. Benjamin Cowin (DC, MS, ATC, ICSC, CAFS) is a national leader in sports medicine. He practices at Action Spine & Sports Medicine in the heart of Denver, Colorado, where he’s been serving patients of Denver for over 12 years. Dr. Cowin is glad to offer Denverites dry needling services which provide astounding, science-backed health benefits. Functional dry needling is used for conditions like:
Our understanding staff accommodates even the most needle-phobic patients through this completely safe and incredibly effective therapy.

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Functional Dry Needling FAQ

Dry needling involves a thin filiform needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues. The needle allows a physical therapist to target tissues that are not manually palpable.
Is dry needling painful? Most people do not feel the insertion of the needle. The local twitch response elicits a very brief cramping and/or deep aching sensation. Dry needling may reproduce symptoms directly in the muscle being treated or may refer to other areas of the body.
The primary difference between acupuncture and dry needling is that acupuncture treats for the purpose of altering the flow of Qi (or energy) along traditional Chinese meridians while dry needling follows evidence-based guidelines
Dry needling can loosen stiff muscles, ease joint pain, improve blood flow and oxygen circulation within the body. That brings results for those who are trying to optimize sports performance, recover faster from injury, or prevent issues from becoming chronic.