Dry Needling (DN) (aka intramuscular needling, functional dry needling, trigger point dry needling) is a skilled intervention that uses a thin needle without medication (dry) to penetrate the skin. By penetrating the skin, the needle can affect how the brain handles/interprets pain signals and can release chemicals in the area that promote relaxation and healing. DN is a technique used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue. DN can also diminish pain, reduce or restore impairments of body structure and function leading to improved activity and performance.
Common Injuries/Conditions treated by Dry Needling include:
Although DN uses acupuncture needles, it should not be considered or confused with acupuncture treatment. DN techniques are based on a medical diagnosis and direct tissue targeting, where acupuncture is based on a meridian system.