Dry needling is performed by using a solid filament needle to target specific areas to release the fibers and trigger points of the body. Trigger points are sensitive areas that are knotted muscles and cause pain or discomfort. There is typically immediate relief after a dry needling session.
Needles will be placed into the trigger points for 5-15 minutes depending on the location, severity, and a number of needles used.
Dry needling can cause a twitch response and can feel uncomfortable, but not usually painful. It often feels like a release of pressure within the muscle. The feeling can vary from person to person.
Conditions that dry needling can address but not limited to:
Depending on the location, electrical stimulation can be added to the needles during your session. Dry needling can also be paired with electrical stimulation to promote a greater effect of the treatment. Stimulated needles will allow the contraction and relaxation of the muscle to help the treatment zone further.
Acupuncture is a derivative of Chinese medicine where you use different meridian points to address issues of the body; while dry needling focuses on the particular area with needles targeting the muscles.