Dry needling involves inserting a needle into myofascial trigger points-small muscle knots/taunt bands that are highly sensitive and painful to the touch. This therapeutic procedure is used to relieve pain, improve joint range of motion, and address neuromuscular conditions, such as nerve issues that cause muscular pain and weakness.
A minimally invasive treatment with a low risk of complication, research shows dry needling is possibly effective in relieving acute and chronic pain when used along with other treatments including Chiropractic care, stretching, massage, ultrasound, electrical nerve stimulation, and heat therapy.
Dry needling is an outpatient procedure that involves inserting fine, short stainless steel needles into skin and muscle at trigger points. This helps release knots and relieve pain and muscle spasms.
Typically performed by an orthopedic doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist during an office visit, dry needling may be used to treat: