What is Dry needling?
Dry needling also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling, is the use of solid filiform needles (acupuncture needles) for treatment of muscle pain, Dry needling is sometimes also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS)
The difference between Acupuncture and Dry needling, Acupuncture is traditional Chinese medicine and focus on the meridian or channels of the body to create healing and Dry needling using the same needles focus on the point of pain , the soft tissue, muscle , tendon or trigger point.
Dry needling is an invasive procedure in which a filiform needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point consists of multiple contraction knots which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle. Dry needling as a specific soft tissue therapy is a valuable modality which has few or no side effects if practiced properly and not painful. Dry needling therapy emphasises and promotes the healing of soft tissue. In addition a needling procedure for preventing injuries can be repeated to maintain healthy homeostasis. Needling is both a physical disturbance to soft tissue and a minute biological traumatic inoculation into soft tissue, this creates stimulation and a mechanical and chemical release signal transduction within the body via the nervous system which leads to self-healing.
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