The art of dry needling.
Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use to treat myofascial pain. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points.
Other terms commonly used to describe dry needling, include trigger point dry needling, and intramuscular manual therapy.
Dry needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles, and supported by research.
Dry needling is distinctly different from acupuncture as the treatment goal and method is different. While both practices may use a similar implement or device, the clinical reasoning, technique, and goal of the treatment are different. Dry needling specifically addresses hyperirritable loci in the muscle tissue and inoculates minute lesions in soft tissue to elicit a physiological response in the muscle tissue to enhance and progress treatments performed by Physical Therapists.
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