What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a technique used to reset the musculoskeletal system in order to relieve pain with lasting results. Very thin filiform needles are inserted into trigger points (tight or knotted, and sore muscle) that elicit a reflex in the muscle in the form of a light twitch. As a result, the muscle lengthens and tension dissipates causing immediate increase in range of motion.

Could You Benefit From Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a favorite among athletes and anyone who enjoys regular exercise but can’t due to pain or restricted movement. When you experience pain and restricted range of motion due to acute trauma, poor posture, or repetitive stress, certain muscles are bearing more than their fair share of the work. Dry needling overworked muscles causes them to relax and allows for proper muscle group coordination and pain free activity.  The lengthening of muscles and restoration of proper functioning contributes to performance enhancement and injury prevention.

Dry Needling vs Acupuncture

Acupuncture and Dry Needling are similar in that they both use the same needles. However, the two are very different in their approach. Acupuncture is an ancient Eastern medicine modality that inserts needles into points along the body’s energetic meridian pathways. It is a holistic practice that addresses a wide variety of symptoms and pathology. Dry Needling was developed by Western medicine doctors in the 1950s and works with the musculoskeletal system.

by Hayley Jackson LAc

Also published on Medium.