Trigger point dry needling is a form of physical therapy that uses small needles (similar to those used for acupuncture) to cause a biochemical reaction that reduces pain and increases mobility.
Although both dry needling and acupuncture use similar instruments to achieve increased mobility and reduced pain, acupuncture is based on ancient Eastern approaches to medicine. Dry needling, on the other hand, is based in Western medicine and has been proven effective by recent clinical research.
During trigger point dry needling therapy, also called intramuscular stimulation, your doctor will insert a small, disposable solid filament needle into the myofascial trigger point that is causing you discomfort. By manipulating the muscle in the trigger point, your doctor will elicit a local “twitch” response that will help the trigger point release. The release of this trigger point will increase your mobility and eliminate or decrease the level of discomfort you’ve been experiencing.