Dry needling is a technique employed by physical therapists where a needle is inserted into the skin to alleviate pain. Dry needling follows evidence-based guidelines, recommended “point” locations and dosages for the treatment of specific conditions.
Physical therapists use dry needling with the goals of addressing neuromuscular conditions, relieving pain, and/or improving range of motion. Evidence to date supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up your return to active rehabilitation.