Dry needling is an effective procedure that helps patients reduce both acute and chronic pain. It is designed to reduce muscle tension, promote healing and increase your range of motion.
Patients suffering from neck, back and shoulder pain, headaches, jaw pain, fibromyalgia or osteoarthritis of the joins and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) benefit from dry needling.
It involves having specially trained and licensed physiotherapists insert a disposable acupuncture needle into your skin and muscle tissue. The needle is directed at the myofascial trigger points that cause and refer pain throughout the body.
High concentrations of chemicals that cause pain can be found in these trigger points. When the needle is inserted, it helps to normalize these chemical levels and decrease muscle tension and pain.
Other than the tool used, it has no similarity to acupuncture.