Dry needling is the use of solid filiform needles (the same used in acupuncture) for therapy of muscle pain, sometimes also known as intramuscular stimulation.
Dry needling targets the trigger points, which is the direct and palpable source of patient pain, rather than the traditional “meridians”, accessed via acupuncture.
Trigger point dry needling is a treatment that addresses dysfunction of the neuromuscular system. When muscles develop trigger points, they neurologically remain tight causing local compression of vascular, neurological and joint/biomechanical structures hampering the normal function of that tissue. If you adequately release the muscle, the tissues may then assume normal function with improved neurological conduction and vascularity.