What is Dry Needling? Dry Needling involves inserting a tiny monofilament needle in a muscle or muscles in order to release shortened bands of muscles tissue and decrease trigger point activity. It can help resolve pain and muscle tension, promote healing, and recruit strength.
Is Dry Needling the same as acupuncture?
No. The only similarity is the same type of needle used. Dry Needling is a medical treatment that relies on medical diagnosis and knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Traditional Acupuncture uses internal organs and meridian systems (pathways of internal energy within the body, known as qi).
Who is appropriate for Functional Dry Needling?
Dry Needling may be helpful if other hands-on techniques are helpful such as massages or foam rolling but only provide temporary relief. It can be used to address chronic pain, old lingering injuries, headaches, back and neck pain, tendinopathies, and pain associated with poor posture.
Who is not eligible for Dry Needling?
People who are pregnant, immunocompromised, uncontrolled anticoagulant usage, or local infections / skin lesions.