What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling involves the insertion of a thin needle into myofascial trigger points to stimulate the healing process of soft tissues resulting in pain relief and restoration of healthy physiology. It is not acupuncture, although the technique may look similar. The needles are very thin and are placed with accuracy to minimize pain. You may feel a slight pinch or grabbing sensation along the trigger point area. Some redness may develop around the needle.
This technique is used in adjunct to myofascial release to restore movement patterns and decrease muscle hypertonicity while improving range of motion. We tend to see people who have been in pain for many years and have come to believe that they have to live with their pain. In many cases, we adapt our movement patterns to accommodate the pain. This in turn also has an effect on the nervous system, which also learns to accommodate the dysfunctional motor pattern.