Dry Needling targets trigger points found in different muscle groups. A trigger point is a knot or tight band in a muscle that may impede function. The practitioner inserts needles so that the needle affects the muscular trigger points in the muscle beneath the skin. Upon administering the dry needles, the tension of the trigger points is decreased, blood flow is increased and there is also a reduction of pain.
Dry Needling may be used to treat a multitude of conditions, including musculoskeletal problems. By using the Dry Needles, the trigger point is made to be inactive. Issues with the neck, shoulder, heel, hip, and back pain may also be successfully treated. It is believed that Dry Needling affects the way the brain and muscles communicate with each other, allowing for a return to a more regular movement pattern.