What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a skilled intervention and a very successful medical treatment performed by a health care professional using a fine filiform (thin) needle to penetrate the skin to stimulate a healing response.
There is no administration of medication used with dry needling, which is what makes it a "dry needle".
Dry Needling works by changing the way your body senses pain (neurological effects), and by helping the body heal itself. There are additional electrical and chemical changes associated with dry needling therapy which assist in the healing process. It is important to see dry needling may act as just one part of your overall treatment.
How does Dry Needling differ from Acupuncture?
Dry Needling is used to treat pain and dysfunction caused by a wide range of musculoskeletal problems, sinus trouble, headaches, and some nerve problems. It is not the same as acupuncture. Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, whereas dry needling is a western medicine technique. There is a clear scientific understanding of dry needling and it does not follow meridian based approaches as acupuncture may do.
-Reduces local and referral pain
-Improves range of motion
-Speeds up the recovery process
-Reduces peripheral and central sensitization