Dry Needling is a western term for the insertion of acupuncture needles into the muscle that was presented with active/ latent myofascial trigger point in order to relieve pain and muscle tension.
Trigger points are hyper-irritable, taut bands of muscle and these can cause the tissue to become shortened, tighten or spasm.
This can cause postural and chronic pain problems and cramps.
Dry needling could also be applied superficially in the skin for many chronic pain conditions such as osteoarthritis and peripheral neuropathy.
The treatment is thought to stimulate a local inflammatory response, as well as interrupting the transmission of pain signals in the nerve through pain gate channels, thus decreasing painful symptoms.