Dry Needling is a manual therapy technique within the scope of physical therapy practice. Dry needling involves utilizing small needles accurately placed into muscles to deactivate trigger points, increase flexibility, reduce muscle spasms, and improve muscular related pain symptoms. These treatments can be an important and effective aspect of physical therapy treatments, symptom reduction, and athletic conditioning maintenance.
Practitioners place the needles in “trigger points” in your muscle or tissue. Dry needling is also sometimes called intramuscular stimulation. The points are areas of knotted or hard muscle. Practitioners say the needle helps release the knot and relieve any muscle pain or spasms. The needles will remain in your skin for a short period of time. The length of time depends on the practitioner.