Dry Needling is a procedure using needles, but not drugs, to de-activate myofascial trigger points. Myofascial trigger points are typically deep, tight and/or painful points in muscle or other soft tissue. Needling these points is sometimes called an “inoculation lesion.” When performed skillfully by a suitably-trained provider, the result is partial or full release of the restriction. This procedure can be especially useful in cases where massage and non-needle trigger point therapy cannot get deep enough to affect the trigger points.
Dry Needling is done using the same monofilament, sterile, single-use devices acupuncturists use; though the intent of the procedure, and the site(s) and/or depth of insertion, is very different from acupuncture. Dry needling does not refer to Chi, energy, meridians, or any of the concepts common to acupuncture. The only common theme is the needle.
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