Dry needling (Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling) is the use of solid filiform needles (also referred to as acupuncture needles) for the treatment of muscle pain, including pain related to myofascial pain syndrome.
Musculoskeletal Dry Needling is a fantastic tool to have in the clinic. While massage is the best technique for treating most problems, dry needling has helped so many of Ben's clients where more than just massage was required. It really can be a game changer for stubborn and persistant trigger points which are causing referral pain.
Excellent results can be achieved for:
Lower back pain
Chronic neck and shoulder pain
Golfers and Tennis elbow
TMJ issues (jaw pain)
Is it painful?
Most patients do not feel the insertion of the needle. The local twitch response elicits a very brief (less than a second) painful response. Some patients describe this as a little electrical shock; others feel it more like a cramping sensation. Again, the therapeutic response occurs with the elicitation of local twitch responses and that is a good and desirable reaction.