Dry-needling is the application of a very fine needle into an anatomical structure such as a muscle, joint capsule or ligament. Where the needle is applied may be either the source of, or underlying cause of pain or musculoskeletal dysfunction. It differs from Traditional Chinese Acupuncture which applies the needles along meridians in order to restore balance to their energy or chi.
The therapeutic effects of Dry-Needling include:
• Local analgesia to the area being needled.
• Peripheral pain modulation via an acute inflammatory response due to the release of inflammatory chemicals and increased blood flow.
• Central pain modulation via activation of descending inhibitory pain pathways