Dry needling uses a thin, flexible, sterile needle to penetrate the skin, creating a healing response in the lesioned tissue. It is often used in relieving pain due to muscle trigger points, decrease muscle spasm, and reduce swelling. Dry needling techniques use the same types of needles used in acupuncture. However, they are different treatments.
Dry needling uses western neuroscience and biomechanics, rather than Traditional Chinese Medicine theory of “Chi” energy with acupuncture. Dry needling is “dry” because at no time will a fluid or medication be injected into your body.