Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use to treat trigger points and muscular pain. The technique uses a 'dry needle', one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle.
Dry needling is not acupuncture, a tradition based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles and supported by research.
What is a trigger point?
A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch and touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body.
What kind of needles are used?
Dry needling involves a thin filiform needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues. The needle allows a physical therapist to target tissues that are not manually palpable.
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