Dry needling is a soft-tissue technique utilised to treat and manage numerous acute and chronic musculoskeletal presentations. Dry needling has derived from acupuncture. The term dry needling acknowledges a different theory basis from Traditional Chinese Medicine origins. The western physiological model views that the body has a great capacity to regulate it’s own behaviour, and that this can be influenced by the insertion of very fine, single use sterile needles.
As a result of needle insertion changes can be seen both local to the needle (mechanical and chemical changes intramuscularly) and centrally (central nervous system). The term dry needling also denotes that there is no injectable substance used throughout the procedure.