Dry Needling is “a physiologic therapeutic technique and procedure. Its purpose is to neutralize soft tissue, [release myofascial trigger points], and to restore and improve muscle and fascial function. This treatment mechanically disrupts physiologically locked tissue. It consists of insertion of a monofilament, sterile, thin-gauge needle, a needle that also happens to be used by acupuncturists.” He adds, “The soft-tissue entities in the periphery are influenced by and influence the central and peripheral nervous systems."

Comparison to acupuncture:  “The dry needling procedure works with myofascial trigger points and tender points. It is based on Western concepts of anatomy, physiology, neurology, and biomechanics. The only common element is the choice of tool.”

Source:  American Chiropractic Association (JACA).  Quotes by Dr. David Fishkin.