Dry needling is a technique of inserting single-use sterile needles into a muscular trigger point to help with the release of tight muscles. It also has an overall relaxation effect and is very effective in the relief of headaches and neck pain. Dry needling is used in a wide variety of cases, from the elite sporting population, through to the elderly.
Dry needling works to release tight muscles and provide an overall relaxation effect through the release of chemicals and hormones in the body, in the same manner as acupuncture. Dry needling can also be very effective in the relief of referred nerve pain and can target points of pain much deeper than can be reached by soft tissue therapy using the hands.