Dry needling is a technique used to treat from pain from movement impairments. Physical Therapists insert a needle without medication in it (a "dry" needle) through the skin into different areas of muscle.
Trigger Point - What is it?
A trigger point is an area of muscle that can be tender when touched. When touching a trigger point it may cause pain in different parts of the body.
Why Dry Needling?
When dry needling is used it is generally part of a larger treatment plan. The goal of dry needling is to release trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion.
Dry needling can help with pain control, reducing muscle tension, and normalizing dysfunctions at the sites at where nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. Dry needling can help expedite a patient's return to an active rehabilitation.