What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is a treatment that uses very thin, sterile needles to alleviate pain and dysfunction. The needles are carefully placed into the target tissues. They remain there for a period of time(10 - 20 minutes is common). Quite often, patients will not even feel the needle penetrate the skin (it is much smaller than an average injection needle). Some discomfort may be felt when then the needle elicits a local twitch response within the problematic muscle tissues. This twitch response is temporary, but also necessary for reducing your pain level.
Dry Needling can help reduce the pain and sensitivity in the tissues. Sometimes the patient is left feeling relaxed and refreshed afterwards. Another option that is sometimes used is to pass a mild electrical current through the needles. This is because the electric current can have extra pain relieving effects.
Is Dry Needling the same as Acupuncture?
Although it may appear to be very similar to Acupuncture, there is a difference. Acupuncture involves placing the needles into specific points of the body based on Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, as opposed to this method where the needles are directed into the problematic soft tissues.