The origins of Dry Needling are drawn from Western medicine principles and scientific research based conclusions.
The technique of Dry Needling has no historical ties to acupuncture, which is based in Eastern tradition. Dry Needling effectively treats musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, while acupuncture aims to influence "energy" and "meridians." The only similarity between the two is that they share a common tool, a fine needle. Dry Needling is a very effective modality for areas which can be too sore to treat with some massage techniques.
A thin monofilament needle penetrates the skin and treats underlying muscular trigger points for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.
Pain affects how your body moves. It is thought that dry needling changes the way the brain and muscles talk to each other to let the system return to a more normal movement pattern. A client may experience different sensations when being needled, muscle soreness, aching and a muscle twitch when a needle is inserted is considered to be a good sign. The needles may be placed deeply or superficially, for shorter or longer periods of time, depending on what type of pain is being treated and how long it has lasted. Shorter periods of time would mean that needle would stay in the muscle for seconds, while longer periods could mean 10 to 15 minutes.