Dry Needling

What Is Dry Needling?


Dry needling is a treatment that involves inserting needles into affected areas on a person’s body in order to elicit a healing response to aid in recovery from a variety of neuromusculoskeletal issues. Dry needling can involve needling of “trigger points,” peri-neural needling, needle puncture of tendons, ligaments, musculotendinous junctions, teno-osseus junctions, and periosteal pecking of bone. Dry needling can also include needling of “key” distal points that are not “onsite” with the patient’s symptoms. This technique stimulates descending pain inhibitory systems to assist with pain control. Needles are individually packaged in their own guide tube, pre-sterilized, and single-use.

How is Dry Needling Different From Acupuncture?


Acupuncture is an Eastern-based form of treatment of bodily conditions with needlings by moving energy or “Chi” around in the body to decrease pain and promote healing. Dry needling is a very Western-based approach that is heavily engrained with research and evidence-based practices. Dry needling also uses the framework of Western musculoskeletal diagnoses not within the theoretical framework of traditional Chinese medicine. Many of the points used for needling in dry needling have corresponding acupuncture points but the purpose of stimulating those points is very different.

How Dry Needling Works?



The needles puncture trigger points, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues improving microcirculation that is imperative for healing in addition to disrupting fibrosis in chronic neurogenic pain conditions. Soft connective tissue such as tendons and ligaments have a relatively poor blood supply compared to nerves and muscles. Therefore, dry needling can be extremely beneficial to aid in the healing process by directly increasing the blood supply around the affected area. Dry needling becomes even more effective with the attachment of a TENS machine directly to the needles so that the current can be directly distributed to the muscle or affected area to decrease a pain response.

Dry Needling Can Be Used To Treat The Following Conditions

Cervicogenic headaches
Tension-type headaches
Rib dysfunctions
Facet joint syndromes
Cervical/Lumbar radiculopathy
Mechanical neck/back pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Shoulder impingment
Lateral epicondylalgia

TMJ dysfunctions
Multifidus disorders
Piriformis syndrome
Hip dysfunction
Knee osteoarthritis
Patellofemoral pain syndrome
MCL injuries
“Shin splints”
Ankle sprains
Achilles tendinosis
Plantar fasciitis

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