Dry Needling is a very successful medical treatment which uses very thin needles without any medication (a dry needle) to achieve its aim. Dry Needling is used to treat pain and dysfunction caused by a wide range of musculoskeletal problems, sinus trouble, headaches, and some nerve problems. It is not the same as acupuncture. Acupuncture is form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), whereas dry needling is a western medicine technique, which needs to have a medical diagnosis. There is a clear scientific understanding of dry needling and it does not follow meridian based approaches as acupuncture may do.
Dry Needling works by changing the way your body senses pain (neurological effects), and by helping the body heal itself. There are additional electrical and chemical changes associated with dry needling therapy which assist in the healing process. It is important to see dry needling may act as just one part of your overall rehabilitative treatment.