What is dry needling?

Dry Needling is a procedure in which an acupuncture needle is inserted into muscle, directed at what are referred to as “Trigger Points” or “Knots” in the muscle.

Physiotherapists use the technique in combination with other physiotherapy treatments such as manual therapy, soft tissue mobilisation and exercise.

 Dry needling is a modern, western medical technique, developed in the 1940’s by an American GP, Dr Janet Travell.  It is based on western medical science and requires the examination and diagnosis of muscle trigger points.  During treatment a needle is inserted into muscle and connective tissue to activate the healing process, restore healthy muscle physiology and provide pain relief.

Dry needlings’ similarity with acupuncture occurs when using a similar needle inserted into muscle to get a physical response.

Ursula Brooks MISCP M.Sc Sports Medicine CSCS

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