Dry Needling is an invasive procedure in which an acupuncture needle is inserted into a specific target soft tissue in order to improve or restore function and/or control pain
When you feel pain, a signal is sent from the muscle to the brain, which activates Primany Afferent Nocioceptors causing a continuation of pain instead of disappating. This is called the painful Reflex Arc.
A Reflex Arc can lead to the development of muscle spasm which can lead to the onset of trigger points and the associated muscle spasm can last for weeks, months or even years.
The introduction of a physical stimulus in the form of an acupuncture needle results in a healing process by relaxing the muscle spasm/ trigger point.
Dry Needling is not painful, some people may experience slight discomfort but this lasts rarely more than 30 seconds.
The healing process can cause many sensations; heat, tingling, numbness, a dull ache or just the slight pinch upon entry of the needle, but in comparison to muscular pains, the sensations are delightful!
Although the needles are the same, Dry Needling is not the same as Acupuncture. Acupuncture follows a traditional chinese medicine theory of Energy Fields & Flows where as DN follows a more western philosophy of treating myofascial pain and dysfunction.