Dry needling is similar to acupuncture but based on Western medicine. It uses a very thin needle inserted at myofascial trigger points where multiple top bands of tissues come together.
Dry needling helps reduce muscle pain at the site or referred pain in a nearby area. Referred pain is when a problem exists somewhere else in the body other than where you feel the pain.
Who Can Benefit from Dry Needling?
Dry needling can help you with chronic tension, spasms or soreness in your muscles, tendons or ligaments. It also can treat migraines and tension headaches.
Dry needling can help any musculoskeletal problems, such as chronic calf tightness or tennis elbow, or for a sciatic issue that hasn’t responded to treatment. Sports medicine specialists, physical therapists or physiatrists often refer patients when standard techniques in physical therapy haven’t reduced pain enough.