dry needling

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a technique that uses thin needles to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying musculoskeletal problems. The needles are inserted into trigger points or knots that form when muscles fail to relax.

Dry needling is used to relieve pain and improve the range of motion. It is also used to release endorphins, which are natural pain relievers. Dry needling is different from acupuncture in that it does not use the same principles or belief system. Dry needling is based on the Western understanding of physiology and the nervous system, while acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine principles.

This technique can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Conditions that respond to dry needling include, but are not limited to:

  • Headaches
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Buttock pain
  • Leg pain
  • Hamstring strains
  • Shin splints
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatic Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries


When a muscle experiences a spasm, it is often because of a trigger point. This is a knot or tight band of muscle that can be painful when pressed. Dry needling is a treatment that involves inserting a thin needle into the skin and muscle at the trigger point. This can help to release the muscle and reduce the pain.

Typically, it requires several visits for a positive reaction to take place. The objective is to facilitate mechanical and biochemical changes without any medication. In turn a cumulative response is necessary to achieve a certain threshold after which the pain cycle is disturbed.

Dry needling is now available at specific practices in the Healthweave network.