What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscles, and connective tissues for treatment of musculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. (APTA 2012)
Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.
Is Dry Needling different from Acupuncture?
Yes. The similarity of acupuncture and dry needling essentially begins and ends at the needle used. The marked differences lie in the evaluative tools used by the practitioner, the assessment, application, and overall goal intended. Where as acupuncture uses “meridians” to achieve its goals, dry needling uses trigger points–sore points within the muscle–to guide treatment.