Dry needling is a treatment technique whereby thin, filament needles are used to penetrate into myofascial trigger points and other taught or painful tissues in the body to elicit a neurological, collagen or chemical change in the tissue to decrease pain or tightness.
Western medical acupuncture (or dry needling) is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence-based medicine. It is easy to see how the lines between acupuncture and dry needling are blurry. The treatments are similar with a slightly different philosophy behind the application of those treatments.
Why Dry Needling?
Conditions like plantar fasciitis, frozen shoulder, tension headaches, and piriformis syndrome where manipulating the needles with a spinning motion relieves the tension and pain so normal function can return. This manual stimulation of the needle causes a viscoelastic relaxation. We can attach small, clamp electrodes to the shaft of the needles to introduce electrical stimulation deeply into the trigger points.
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