Dry Needling is a general term for a treatment procedure that involves advancing a filament needle into the muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a trigger point caused by acute local trauma, like muscle strain, or chronic muscle overload, such as repetitive stress or poor postural habits. There is no injectable solution and typically the needle which is used is very thin and causes minimal discomfort.
When the needle enters the trigger point, it causes a local twitch response. This twitch response allows the trigger point to release and the muscle to relax; thereby reducing pain and restoring normal length and function of the involved muscle.
Dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention, with very few side effects.