Dry needling is a broad term used to differentiate “non-injection” needling from the practice of “injection needling”. Dry needling utilises a solid, filament needle, as is used in acupuncture.
Dry needling can relieve a wide range of musculoskeletal problems through the insertion of needles into taut and contracted muscles with the aim of restoring their proper functions. It is a relaxing and therapeutic procedure and is suitable for conditions such as, back and neck pain, sporting injuries, and discomfort caused by poor posture.
Inserting a needle into the trigger point leads to a decrease in tension, enabling the muscle’s normal functions to be resume. It generally is a relaxing process. In some cases, a needle being inserted into the muscle can create a slight ache, but there is no sharp or excessive pain and many patients do not feel the needles being inserted at all.
Many patients respond positively to dry needling almost at once, finding that the problem muscles are less taut and contracted, and that they are able to move with more freedom. Generally speaking, this is the one of the best, if not the best, treatment technique to reduce muscular pain.