Dynamic Performance & Therapy

Dynamic Performance & Therapy at the Salt Lake Tennis and Health Club

Sign Up for the Shockwave Therapy Demo Days

We will be doing a couple demo days at the Salt Lake Tennis & Health Club

Saturday April 13, from 8 AM to 12 PM


Monday April 15, from 3 PM to 7 PM

Dr. Matt Nelson

Dr. Nelson will have treatment hours available on Mondays from 2-7pm and on Saturdays from 8-1pm starting March 4.

To make an appointment and contact Dr. Nelson, register with his appointment service using the “REGISTER” button below. After you have registered, you may use the “SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT” button, or email Dr. Nelson with any questions at: dynamic.performance.therapy@gmail.com.

Meet Dr. Matt Nelson

Dr. Matt Nelson is excited to be partnering with the Salt Lake Tennis & Health Club in bringing expertise and experience in physical therapy to this community Matt and his wife and partner Jessica Bauerkemper PT, DPT, have a successful PT clinic in Cottonwood Heights, Dynamic Physical Therapy, that has been present for the past 9 years.

Matt is originally from Santa Maria, CA. He received his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Regis University in Denver, Colorado in 2006. He spent three years as an assistant instructor of anatomy and musculoskeletal management at Regis as well as working in private practice in the Denver area before moving to Salt Lake City in 2009. He has also been an affiliate Faculty Instructor at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions from 2011-2014.

Matt was first introduced to trigger point dry-needling techniques in 2007. He has been an instructor of the technique since 2009 and is now an instructor for Aspire OMT. He has taught over 75 continuing education courses in his career. When he moved to Utah, he tirelessly spent five years working with the state of Utah and his professional organization to allow physical therapists to perform trigger point dry needling. It was passed into law in 2014. Because of his efforts, Matt was awarded the honor of Physical Therapist of the Year in 2014. He has the most experience with dry needling of anyone in Utah. He has been working in private practice for nearly his whole career and has loved partnering with his wife, Jessica, in their own practice, Dynamic Physical Therapy since 2015. Matt obtained his Therapeutic Pain Specialty from the International Spine and Pain Institute in 2018 and his golf rehab specialty with his Titleist Performance Institute Medical 3 Certification in 2023. Matt also has been a consultant with the Los Angeles Angels and Salt Lake Bees.

Matt enjoys the outdoors, skiing, hiking, camping, golfing, and traveling. Matt is also an avid sports fanatic, you can catch him at sporting events throughout the year, regardless of the sport, but especially cheering on the Utah Utes, San Francisco Giants, and 49ers. He spends most of his free time with his wife and four children exploring Utah, and spending time with his extended family.

Matt has been recognized with the following specialties/Certifications:

  • Trigger Point Dry Needling (Advanced Functional Dry Needling Specialist)
  • Golf Screenings/Rehab (Titleist Performance Institute Medical 3 Certified)
  • Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS through International Spine & Pain Institute)
  • Certified Vestibular Rehab. Specialist (AIB-VR)
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment Level 2 Certified

Matt also focuses on treatments in the following areas:

  • Spine Care
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Whiplash Rehab
  • Headache/TMJ
  • Sports/baseball/Overhead athlete specific rehab and prevention
  • Chronic/Complex Pain
  • Orthotic Fitting
  • Post-operative Rehab for Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Spine

Services Available

Dry needling (DN) is a procedure used by physical therapists and other healthcare providers to manage pain and address movement impairments and dysfunctions. Muscles have a resting tone, but when they are dysfunctional, they are too tense (hypertonic), too weak (hypotonic), or shut down (inhibited). Therapists use DN to reset patients’ neuromuscular system. DN can relax tense muscles, excite weak muscles, and turn on inactive muscles, assisting them back to a functional resting tone. When administering DN, trained therapists insert a very thin needle through the patient’s skin to stimulate trigger points. Trigger points are taut bands of skeletal muscle within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can refer pain to other parts of the body. DN is used in conjunction with manual physical therapy interventions and corrective exercises to restore proper movement and reduce acute or chronic symptoms. Dr. Matt Nelson is responsible for bringing the dry needling technique to Utah and has the most experience with this technique of anyone in Utah. He has trained numerous healthcare providers in this technique over the last 10 years and is now an instructor for Aspire OMT.

A specialized tourniquet system applied to the proximal limb to limit arterial flow while blocking venous flow. BFR allows individuals recovering from injury, surgery, or a debilitated state to have similar gains from high intensity training using low loads.

The physiology of BFR: BFR causes the muscle to utilize anaerobic metabolism which activates more fast twitch fibers/ larger motor units thus increasing muscle activation. (Yasuda et al., 2014, Yasuda et al., 2010). Growth hormone (GH) has been shown to be protective for tendons and muscles, stimulating collagen synthesis after exercise. (Doessing et al., 2010) 10 min of BFR training can increase GH and therefore may help with healing while avoiding collagen breakdown. (Takarada et al., 2000). An increase in GH activates myogenic stem cells to create new myocytes and help with muscle healing. (Nielsen et al., 2012)

Who can benefit from BFR?

  • Post-operative patients
  • Elderly
  • Tendonitis/Tendinosis diagnoses
  • Patient’s with weight bearing precautions
  • Muscle strains/injuries

The SFMA is our clinical assessment thought process for those who experience pain. This system helps explain Why you hurt or can’t perform an action. It is a movement based diagnostic system which systematically finds the movement dysfunction that contributes to the pain and/or injury. the cause of pain – not just the symptom – By logically breaking down dysfunctional movement patterns in a structured, repeatable assessment, we’re able to treat the cause of the pain and not just the symptoms.

The goal of this system is to break down these movement patterns to determine if you have a mobility problem or a motor control/stability problem or a combination of them depending on the areas that are dysfunctional. With this knowledge, we can better determine what treatment will best fit the client. This is accomplished by creating a reset to the system through techniques like manual therapy, dry needling, soft tissue techniques. Once the reset is achieved, a series of reinforcement techniques are implemented to help the reset “stick”. This is done by some corrective exercises, movement patterns, patient education, and activity modifications. Then progression to Retraining can be achieved where we work on reloading the tissue and start working on returning to your functional activities. Using this approach helps our clients achieve better movements patterns in a pain-free way and get you back to your activities quickly with the potential of identifying and preventing future problems from occurring.

Matt has completed his training in the SFMA and can work alongside your personal trainers who may have been trained in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). This test can tell you the What of your movement patterns. The SFMA is the Why behind how you move.

We at Dynamic Performance & Therapy focus on a one-on-one approach to physical therapy. You will receive care from a Doctor of Physical Therapy who has gone through extensive training in a variety of physical therapy and performance techniques. We work to assess and treat a variety of musculoskeletal impairments and dysfunctions. We work in conjunction with a variety of other healthcare providers, physicians, chiropractors, personal trainers, massage therapists, dieticians, and psychologists/therapists to provide a well-rounded multidisciplinary approach to your health and well-being.

Your sessions at Dynamic Performance & Therapy will consist of a thorough history and movement assessment and evaluation. It will continue with a variety of interventions from hands-on manual therapy techniques that include stretching, mobilizations and manipulation techniques, patient education about the causes behind their pain/limitations, dry needling techniques, specific mobility and corrective exercises, sport-specific biomechanical assessments and corrective techniques, and/or return to sport/activity exercise progressions. We also use various modalities to help control pain/inflammation as needed. Our goal is to reduce your pain/limitations, restore your function, and work to optimize your performance so you can be the best version of YOU, you can be.

We can treat most issues that you may be experiencing, from acute injuries, post-operative rehab, sports performance issues, and chronic pain, to a variety of musculoskeletal or neurological pathologies. Please inquire below as we would be happy to discuss with you if physical therapy could be the right option for you.

Shockwave therapy, also known as extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), is a non-invasive medical treatment that uses acoustic waves to stimulate healing in various parts of the body. Shockwave therapy has found applications in treating musculoskeletal conditions, particularly those related to tendons and soft tissues.

During a shockwave therapy session, a device applies high-energy acoustic waves to the affected area. These acoustic waves propagate through the skin and interact with the underlying tissues, promoting increased blood flow, tissue regeneration, and reduction of inflammation.

  • Shockwave therapy is commonly used to treat conditions such as:
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis/tendinosis.
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Rotator cuff/biceps tendinitis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Calcific tendinitis