What is Dry Needling?


What is dry needling…

Dry needling is a therapeutic technique that involves the insertion of a thin filament needle to penetrate skin & stimulate underlying muscles, fascia, & connective tissues. It is used to treat neuromusculoskeletal pain & movement impairments. As a result the patient may experience improved pain control, reduced muscle tension, normalization of biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor endplates, & facilitation & acceleration of rehabilitation.


Conditions Treatable By Dry Needling:

  • Trigger Points

  • Acute/Chronic Pain

  • Migraines & Cervicogenic HA

  • Muscle Spasms

  • Joint Pain

  • Tendonitis

  • Sciatica

  • Muscle Strains

  • Post-Surgical Pain

  • Post-Traumatic Injuries

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Plantar Faciitis

  • Medial/Lateral Epicondylitis

  • Overuse Injuries

  • Fibromyalgia


How does dry needling differ?

Dry needling is a research backed technique based on Western neuroanatomy & modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal & nervous system. Acupuncture is a practice based on ancient theories and traditional Chinese medicine. Dry needling elicits a local twitch response of the involved muscle causing a rapid depolarization of muscle fibers. As a result electrical activity of the target area subsides, following pain & dysfunction drastically decrease. Whereas, acupuncture does not pierce the muscle tissue nor does it cause a muscle twitch response.


Image Citation:

  1. https://www.topfitnessmag.com/dry-needling-athletic-performance/

  2. https://www.sterlingtherapy.com/dry-needling/

  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UXX_6G19U8