Dry needling (western acupuncture)
Dry Needling involves multiple advances of a fine filament needle into the muscle in the region of a “Trigger Point’. The aim of Dry Needling is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and pain. Dry needling is the western equivalent of acupuncture – the same tiny needles are used to directly release muscles that have developed a trigger point (taught band of skeletal muscle).
Dry needling can promote increased blood flow to the area of treatment to aid in tissue repair. This technique is beneficial in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits. The release of these trigger points can help improve range of motion, decrease pain and improve function.
What’s the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?
Dry needling is used to differentiate the western (and more physiological) style of needling. Acupuncture is based on an eastern/oriental paradigm, surrounding energy forces within the body.