Dry needling is a technique used by physical therapist for the treatment of myofascial pain. Based on Western medicine research, dry needling involves the insertion of a monofilament needle through the skin into taut bands of muscle, often called trigger points. The technique is deemed “dry” needling because there is no medication/injection involved.
How Can it Help Me?
Dry needling can be used in a variety of conditions to improve outcomes of physical therapy. Dry needling is most commonly used to decrease pain, reduce muscle tightness/spasm, and improve range of motion. It can also be used to normalize dysfunction at motor end plates, which are sites where nerves communicate with muscle tissue. These benefits can help speed up recovery and get you back to your daily activities quicker.