What is dry-needling?
Dry needling is a broad term used to differentiate a western take on Acupuncture in the form of using needles to target and stimulates the muscles where as Acupuncture is an oriental method of needling used within Chinese medicine.
Therapists use a solid, fiber needle, the same as those used in the practice of acupuncture.
Dry needling relies on the stimulation of specific reactions in a targeted tissue for its therapeutic effect. Trigger points are often referred to when dry-needling is used in a therapeutic manner where the needles are directed into specific trigger points throughout the body to assist with referring pain.
When do therapists use dry needling?
In the hands of a skilled therapist, dry needling can be used in most cases of muscle related injuries, strains and general tightness. The majority of the time dry-needling is delivered alongside manual therapy including, deep-tissue massage and a number of manual techniques different therapists will use during a therapy session.