For both acupuncture and dry needling thin, stainless steel needles are inserted into the skin at strategic locations to treat pain.
Dry needling is a modern treatment designed to ease muscular pain. During dry needling, a practitioner inserts several fine, short, stainless steel needles into your skin. The needles are placed in “trigger points” in your muscle or tissue. Dry needling is also sometimes called intramuscular stimulation. The points are areas of knotted or hard muscle where the needle helps release the knot and relieve any muscle pain or spasms.
Both acupuncture and dry needling can be used to treat a number of ailments including:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Knee pain
- Muscle and joint pain