Dry Needling, also known as Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling, is a technique used by Physical Therapists as a means of treating the pain and discomfort associated with myofascial trigger points. The process uses either solid filiform needles (also referred to as acupuncture needles) or hollow-core hypodermic needles inserted through the skin directly into the muscle that is responsible for the pain.
Dry needling is one subcategory of western medical acupuncture and is used by many medical doctors, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Acupuncturists effectively and extensively within their practices for the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction.
Medical professionals use Dry Needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion and Dry Needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up the patient’s return to active rehabilitation.
Dry Needling can be used for the effective treatment of both acute and chronic pain conditions, as well as a myriad of other problems related to the muscles, pain and how the body copes with these. This includes: