Dry Needling is a modern therapy that uses sterilized acupuncture needles that do not inject any fluid into the body to target trigger points, muscular tension and stimulate healing. This methodology acts to increase circulation to promote repair of soft tissue. Sterile needles are used only once. The basic practice of dry needling is using a thin needle to stimulate trigger points in muscles for therapeutic effect.
They are inserted in tight areas or knots in muscles to relieve tension and pain. Dry needling treatment is based in Western medical principles and focuses on evidence based guidelines for application and therapeutic benefits. The term dry is used to differentiate dry needling from the use of needling to inject fluid into the body.
What is dry needling used for?
Most often dry needling is used by physical therapists alongside other treatments. Its major applications are:
Relieving pain and stiffness in muscles, particularly targeting knots and points of tension.
Improving flexibility and range of motion throughout the body to make it easier to perform everyday tasks and sports.
Dry needling is just one of the techniques that physical therapists such as physiotherapists and chiropractors might use in the treatment of pain and dysfunction throughout the body, but can be an important part of a practical treatment plan to bring health and function back to patients’ everyday lives.
Dry needling can be used for a wide variety of musculoskeletal issues, such as shoulder, neck, heel, hip and back pain. While research indicates dry needling is a safe and effective approach for treating and managing pain, some insurance companies may not reimburse for the procedure.