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Dry needling is the use of acupuncture needles in physical therapy to relive muscular pain and myofascial disorders. Dry needling for the treatment of myofascial (muscular) pain, tendonitis, and trigger points is similar to traditional acupuncture. However, dry needling targets the trigger points, which is the direct and palpable source of patient pain, rather than the traditional "meridians", accessed via acupuncture.
Dry needling helps to accelerate healing by allowing for increased circulation to the injured area, improved oxygen delivery, and stimulation of the neural pathways that can block pain messages as they travel from your central nervous system to your muscles. When combined with the appropriate strengthening or stabilization exercises and biomechanical assessment, dry needling can help to alleviate both chronic and muscular disorders.