Dry needling (DN) is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of pain and movement impairments. Dry needling is NOT acupuncture. It is based on neuro-anatomy not on meridians. Dry needling is a technique used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue, and, diminish persistent perception of pain, and reduce or restore impairments of body structure and function.
Common areas treated with dry needling include:
- Neck pain with or without arm symptoms / trap tightness
- Headaches / TMJ symptoms
- Tendinopathy - Rotator cuff, Quad / Patellar, Achilles, Plantar Fascia, Gluteal or Hamstring, Medial (golfer’s) and lateral (tennis) elbow
- Edema Management after acute injuries such as an ankle sprain
- Back pain / Sciatica