What is dry needling?
There are many types of dry needling. The technique utilized at Chiros in Motion is called trigger point dry needling. This is where the practitioner uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate the target tissue beneath. The target tissues in this case are called trigger points or “knots” within a muscle or connective tissue. This is a great way to manage neuromusculoskeletal pain and limitations in range of motion. The needle will create a local twitch response within the target muscle allowing the trigger point to release. Multiple trigger points within the same muscle or different muscles can be treated during the same visit. No medication of any kind is injected during the treatment, hence the name “dry” needling.
Is dry needling the same as acupuncture?
This technique is not the same as acupuncture. Acupuncture is a traditional holistic treatment that follows specific protocols that differ from trigger point dry needling and can have different effects for your body.