Dry needling uses the same needles that are used in traditional acupuncture but that is where the similarities end. Dry needling is drawn from the principles of western medicine along with scientific research based conclusions. It effectively treats musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. Acupuncture on the other hand is thought to affect energy & meridians and the thinking is eastern in origin.
Does it hurt?
It can sometimes feel a little uncomfortable but it is mostly pain free with most people not noticing the needle is in or being surprised at the lack of pain. I have successfully used needles on many people who are needle phobic.
Needles will never be used in a treatment without your permission.
The term "dry needling" is due to the fact that the needles are solid rather than hollow as in needles used for injections. The needles used are generally very thin and can vary in length depending on which area of the body they are being used on. Needles can placed using several different techniques depending on the clinical presenation.
Dry needling can be effective for:
Chronic muscle pain/tension
Pain relief for acute injuries
TMJ disorders and jaw pain from clenching/grinding
Tendon & ligament issues.