Dry needling is tool that Physiotherapist have been using for years now to assist in treating a wide range of pain and dysfunction within the body. It involves using needles, the same as those used in acupuncture, to help decrease muscle tightness, increase joint range of motion and off-load different areas to allow healing. Needling also helps to desensitise structures in the body that are over-sensitised and can increase the healing response in the body.
Dry needling differs to ‘wet needling’ where a substance either a supplement or medication is injected into the body via the needles.
Dry needling is also different to acupuncture, as acupuncture involves putting needles into meridian points around the body to reposition the flow of energy. As opposed to dry needling, where the needles are placed into specific structures of the musculoskeletal system (ligament, muscle, fascia, scar tissue etc) to get changes in these structures (relaxation, repair, remodelling).
Needling is well tolerated by most people and isn’t generally painful.