Myofascial Dry Needling derives from acupuncture and specifically “trigger-points”. Using extremely fine acupuncture needles the active trigger points are “deactivated” and released. Dry needling is more anatomically based (not meridian or energy systems based). The focus is on key areas of concern, as assessed by the therapist. Several trigger-points can be treated in a single session, with three to four treatments most often appropriate to eliminate those that persist. Some local pain or tenderness may be felt post-treatment but a heat pack will assist with this.
Dry needling may benefit those presenting with dysfunctional postural patterns and chronic-pain problems.