Dry Needling is an advanced needling technique for the treatment of myofascial pain using a very thin, single-use, sterile filiform needle to release a taut band of muscle or tissue.
Dry Needling requires a physical therapy examination to determine the specific anatomic regions of the body involved that may be contributing to the patient’s diagnosis or symptoms. Dry Needling is not acupuncture, which is derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dry Needling is a Western treatment technique based on anatomy and physiology medical principles.
Dry Needling can be performed by an experienced physical therapist who has received specialized training in Dry Needling techniques. Your physical therapist will determine the appropriateness of the utilization of Dry Needling in conjunction with other treatment techniques as necessary to address your particular symptom or diagnosis. A specific physician referral is not required in most cases for Dry Needling to be performed.