Dry Needling

Dry needling is a technique used to treat trigger points (muscle knots). It is often confused with acupuncture which uses the same needles but is based on a different theory.

When a trigger point is needled, a very fine, flexible needle is placed into the muscle. Healthy muscle feels very little discomfort when the needle is inserted. When a trigger point is needled, the muscle usually jumps – this is called the twitch response and shows that the needle has been inserted into the right place. Muscle pain is felt locally and/ or in the referral pattern of the trigger point. After dry needling the muscle often feels stiff and uncomfortable. Heat and stretching can help to reduce this stiffness.

Dry needling works for the following reasons: