Not to be confused with acupuncture, dry needling is a proven clinical method for treating injury involving the use of ‘dry’ needles to relieve chronic pain and treat injuries. Called ‘dry’ needles as they contain no medication or solutions, they are instead inserted directly into muscles to stimulate areas known as ‘myofascial trigger points’.
Dry Needling is used to treat dysfunction within the skeletal muscles and connective tissue, with the aim of improving function in the nerves that trigger muscle activity. Or, translated into English, a podiatrist may employ dry needle therapy to relieve pain and increase a range of motion in patients with myofascial or chronic pain.
Dry needle treatment is generally used in conjunction with other treatments for patients suffering from chronic pain and can help them return to a stage of active rehabilitation.