Dry Needling is the use of thin filament needles as a form of pain management or for treating sports injuries. Unlike acupuncture which targets specific points along meridian lines, dry needling targets anatomical structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments) that may be the underlying cause of various musculoskeletal conditions.
Thin filament, sterilized needles are inserted into various areas of the body that may be causing the underlying issue or condition. They are left in from 1-20 minutes and around 10 needles are typically used for one area. The insertion of needles into the tissues instigates the release of certain substances that help improve blood flow to areas of tightness. The process also decreases sensitivity by neuromodulating (relieves pain symptoms/restores function) the nervous system and consequently helps control pain levels whilst speeding up the healing process.
The benefits include decreased pain, decreased muscular tension an spasms, improved function and biomechanical movement. Different protocols are used for acute or chronic/long term injuries which makes dry needling a very effective tool to help treat soft tissue injuries.