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The term Dry Needling arose from the use of hypodermic needles to treat trigger points within the muscles and soft tissues but where no solution was injected. It involves placing acupuncture needles (otherwise called solid filiform needles) into muscles and joints to affect the musculoskeletal system. It is also called Myofascial Acupuncture.
Dry Needling follows the Western approved anatomy and physiology which differs from Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Dry Needling inhibits pain perception in the body through a number of mechanisms controlled by the nervous system. Treatment with dry needles also releases muscular tension and reduces knots in muscles, also known as muscular trigger points.
The exact theory about how dry needling reduces pain is still unclear. However evidence suggests that applying acupuncture needles into problematic areas elicits neurological and chemical changes in the body that modify our perception and response to pain.
In clinical trails, this has proved valuable for patients with a long history of musculoskeletal pain.