Dry needling is a form of therapy used to treat neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Treatment involves placing fine needles into myofascial trigger points, tendons, ligaments, or near nerves in order to stimulate a healing response.
Dry needling is not acupuncture. It is a modern, science-based intervention for the treatment of pain and dysfunction in neuromusculoskeletal conditions such as neck pain, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, knee pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, or low back pain. The needles are very fine and after insertion, patients will often report that the treatment is painless. Dry needling can be an excellent adjunct to reduce pain when implemented with a strengthening and stretching regimen.