What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling, also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling, is a neurophysiological evidence-based treatment technique. It is used normally to ease musculoskeletal illnesses. But combining with traditional acupuncture, it can treat other disorders as well. To insert a sterile, single-use needle (acupuncture needle) into myofascial tissue, it will decrease pain and improve function through the release of myofascial trigger points (knots in muscle).

In comparison, traditional Chinese acupuncture focuses on the treatment of medical conditions by restoring the flow of energy (Qi) through critical points in the body (meridians) to restore balance. It can improve blood circulation, so as to increase oxygen supply. The target of dry needling is myofascial, while that of acupuncture is muscle. Therefore, dry needling is more effective to treat pain, stiff, numbness and immobility.


How does dry needling work?

Dry needling work on the receptors along myofascial and muscle to send the signal to spine and brain through the body nerve system. Then, the brain will release natural painkillers to relieve the pain and other anti-inflammation chemicals to achieve the restoration of a muscle’s natural circulation. To improve blood circulation, it helps to deliver fresh oxygen and nutrients to soft tissue. It also takes away toxin chemicals. Then more fresh blood circulates.


What illnesses can be treated by dry needling?

Back pain, Neck pain, Headache and Migraine, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, Disc herniation and Sciatica, twisted ankle, muscle injury, Computer-related syndrome: stiff neck, fibromyalgia, dizziness, stress, Osteo-arthritis knee, frozen shoulder, etc.

Dry needling also can be used to treat other illnesses. Please call us to inquire.

There are two types of Dry Needling — Superficial Dry Needling and Deep Dry Needling. We use the combination of Superficial and Deep ones normally for it is more effective.

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