Michael Bogden

Physical Therapy & Dry Needling in Cleveland, Ohio.

Experience rapid pain reduction and muscle relaxation with effective dry needling therapy in Cleveland. Enjoy flexible in-home or in-office appointments, 7 days a week, to fit your busy lifestyle.

Why Choose Dry Needling with Michael Bogden

Quick Relief

Ditch those stubborn muscle knots and experience faster pain reduction with dry needling. This targeted therapy melts tension away, getting you back to pain-free movement quicker than traditional methods.

Flexible Care

Life is busy, so we bring dry needling to you, on your terms. Choose convenient in-home or in-office appointments, 7 days a week, to seamlessly fit into your schedule. Relax in the comfort of your own space.

Personalized Approach

Our cash-pay service lets us focus on what matters most: your individual needs and goals. We’ll craft a personalized dry needling plan, maximizing your results and unlocking your body’s full potential. Skip the insurance maze and experience a truly tailored approach to healing.

Experienced Therapist

Forget impersonal clinics and rigid schedules. We’ll craft a personalized dry needling plan that fits your life, your goals, and even your living room if that’s what works best. Pain and stiffness don’t stand a chance against our combined team: you, your determination, and our expertise.

Fast Treatments

Who has time for battling traffic, finding a parking spot, and sitting in waiting rooms. We don’t have time for that and neither do you. With cash-based visits with Michael you can skip parking garages and waiting. Visits are quick so there is minimal disruption to your work or family time.

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Michael is a residency and fellowship trained sports physical therapist with a lifelong interest in sports nutrition nearly changing his major in college to pursue nutrition before opting for physical therapy.

Michael’s background includes playing football at John Carroll University where he pursued a degree in Exercise Science and Walsh University where he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Following PT school he was the second graduate ever to complete the Cleveland Clinic Sports Physical Therapy Residency. He continued his education then with a Manual Therapy Fellowship at Daemen College.

A few years back Michael unexpectedly ran into issues with fatigue and recovery which significantly hindered his training. After working closely with his wife, Kylene, a dietitian trained in Functional Sports Nutrition, he learned an entirely new approach to eating and living a more holistic lifestyle. This dramatic life change led to remarkable improvement in his overall energy and performance. In 2017, with the help of a Functional Sports Nutrition approach, he improved his half marathon PR by 5 minutes. These improvements inspired him to co-found FWDfuel Sports Nutrition to spread the word so that others could experience the same success.

Michael continues to train regularly and see improvements from a functional nutrition approach allowing him to qualify for the Boston Marathon in 2019.

Interstested in reading more about Michael’s journey from gut issues to Boston Qualifier?

Who is suitable for dry needling?

Dry needling
for athletes

  • Accelerate your recovery from injuries and muscle soreness, getting you back in the game faster and stronger.
  • Target specific pain points, whether acute or chronic, to experience relief and regain your competitive edge.

Dry needling
for runners

  • Improve flexibility and range of motion, allowing for longer, more efficient runs with reduced risk of injury.
  • Speed up your post-run recovery by promoting increased blood flow and reducing inflammation, getting you back on the starting line sooner.

Dry needling
for cyclists

  • Experience relief from persistent saddle discomfort with targeted dry needling, allowing you to conquer longer rides with comfort.
  • Unlock tight and fatigued leg muscles, improving power output and endurance for peak cycling performance.

Trigger point
dry needling

  • By deactivating trigger points, dry needling might reduce pain associated with muscle tension, tightness, and knots. Studies suggest potential benefits for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and other musculoskeletal conditions.

How does dry needling work?

Dry needling works through distinct physiological mechanisms to address your pain. Here are three key ways it brings relief:

Decreased Muscle Tightness

When pain strikes, nearby muscles often tense up to protect the injured area. This creates a vicious cycle of pain and tension. Dry needling targets these trigger points, interrupting the nerve signals causing muscle guarding and promoting relaxation, much like relieving a painful muscle knot.

Improved Blood Flow

When muscles are tight, blood flow is reduced in a muscle. This causes a drop in the muscle pH leading to increased inflammation, pain, and impaired workout recovery. Dry needling releases muscle tension to improve blood flow, normalize pH, reduce pain, and restore muscle function.

Improved Muscle Performance

Tight muscles have decreased strength and endurance, leading to impaired performance and risk for injury. Dry Needling helps restore normal muscle function leading to improved strength and endurance as well as reduced risk for strains and injury.

Struggling with pain or injury holding you back?

Experience the transformative power of professional dry needling in the comfort of your own home or office, 7 days a week. Take control with personalized dry needling therapy. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and embark on your journey to recovery.

Dry Needling And Physical Therapy in Cleveland, OH

Dry Needling for Neck and Shoulder Pain

Dry Needling for Pain in the Hip and Low Back

Dry Needling for Back Pain

Matt Conrad Cervical Dry
Needling for Neck Pain

Dry Needling Session Video


Austin Smith

I had a ton of pain in my AC joint that had been going on for about a year, and after a couple dry needling sessions with Michael, my pain went from a 9/10, all the way down to a 0. He really knows what he is doing, and does a great job at not just solving your problems, but explaining what’s going on, and showing prevention methods to help keep the pain away. He showed me some stretches that I do now, and I can’t thank him enough for the relief he provided me!

Dustin Surace

I was referred to Michael by a colleague. I was having issues with my left arm due to an injury I sustained to my shoulder/neck. Working with Michael has been amazing. The pain is gone and I have my strength and mobility back in my left arm. I’ve seen countless others for what Michael was able to dramatically improve on the first visit! Quality guy. Awesome and effective service. 10/10 recommend!

Kenneth Knabe

Michael is a great physical therapist who has helped me throughout the years with sports related injuries. He is currently treating me for foot pain while cycling and have already noticed great results with his program and treatment, especially dry needling. I highly recommend Michael for any sports related injuries.

Jonathan Major

The team at FWDfuel Physical Therapy is second to none. I just wrapped up my D1 collegiate lacrosse career, now I’m prepping for an Ironman. I have a torn labrum in my left shoulder, Michael and the team not only treated me with the best dry needling I’ve ever had(trust me I’ve had well over 50), but they gave me the knowledge and tools to implement on my own to better myself. No matter what your goals are, or what your background is, FWDfuel Physical Therapy will help you get there!

Casey Fox

Dr. Bogden has been an amazing asset to my health goals. Through his guidance around injury prevention and rehab, he has aided my recovery and functionality as I’ve gotten older. He has been an integral part of helping me meet my fitness goals. His expertise in proper form and healthy training programs have maximized my results much faster than I anticipated, and his training in innovative biohacking have made small changes result in big improvements!

Aleska Camur MMA Fighter
“I was in serious pain due to a pinched nerve in my back and Micheal helped me when nobody could, I had a fight coming up at the time and he is the reason I was able to perform. Outstanding service all around, plan on getting more done in the future.”

Marcus Marinelli Strong Style MMA Owner

Marcus Smith FWDfuel PT Testiominal Video


What is dry needling?

Dry needling involves inserting thin needles into the skin and muscles, targeting specific trigger points. Unlike acupuncture, it doesn’t involve injecting any substances.

Is dry needling safe?

When performed by a qualified and trained professional, dry needling is generally considered safe. However, it’s crucial to inform your practitioner about any pre-existing health conditions or concerns you might have.

Does dry needling hurt?

It can be uncomfortable, especially when the needle hits a trigger point, which can cause a twitching sensation. However, most people describe it as tolerable, and the discomfort is usually temporary.

What conditions can dry needling help?

Dry needling is commonly used for pain management in various conditions, including:

Muscle pain and tension
Sports injuries
Trigger points
Chronic pain conditions

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions depends on the individual and their condition. Some may only need one, while others may benefit from several.

How long does dry needling last?

A typical dry needling session lasts 30-60 minutes.
The needles themselves are usually only inserted for a short period, ranging from seconds to a few minutes, depending on the specific trigger point and desired response.