Dry needling is a Western form of Acupuncture based on the West’s knowledge of anatomy. There is no Eastern philosophy of Ying/Yang or the description of the flow of energy, that’s not to say they are wrong. It is just we use other rationales to justify our treatment protocol.
Dry needling involves fine needles being inserted through the skin and briefly left in position. Sometimes manual stimulation is applied to assist the process. The number of needles used varies; it may only be two or three. The practitioner will assess each patient and treatment will be tailored to the individual.
Treatment may be once a week to begin with, progressing to longer intervals as the condition responds. A typical course of treatments lasts 5 to 8 sessions.
Dry needling stimulates the nerves in the skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of effects. We know that dry needling increases the body’s release of natural painkillers i.e. endorphin and serotonin – in the pain pathways of both spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received.