The technique of dry needling is used by physiotherapists as an alternative method for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. Through the skin, a needle is inserted into areas of muscle without medication or injection. Dry needling is also known as trigger point dry needling or intramuscular manual therapy.
Dry needling works by piercing the skin with a thin needle and stimulating the underlying myofascial trigger points and muscles and connective tissues. By using a needle, a physical therapist can manipulate tissues that cannot be felt by hand. Primarily, it is intended to relieve muscle pain and cramps, although it may also increase flexibility.
Short, thin, stainless steel filiform needles are inserted into pressure points by a practitioner. The trigger points in the muscles are tight spots or knots. There is no injection and no liquid is injected