Dry Needling is a skilled treatment applied using thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin. The goal of dry needling is to stimulate myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues to manage neuromusculoskeletal pain and improve joint movement.
A trigger point is a muscle knot that results from overuse. Unfortunately, trigger points often cause muscle pain.
Research supports the use of Dry Needling to reduce muscle pain. For instance has been shown to be effective in reducing pain in subjects with chronic myofascial pain. Also, Dry Needling has been shown to produce an improvement in the pain intensity and pain pressure threshold.
In a nutshell, Dry needling is used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue, and, diminish persistent peripheral nociceptive input, to improve activity and participation.