Dry needling is a safe, effective, and relatively pain-free procedure used to treat myofascial and persistent pain. During treatment, a trained practitioner, usually a pain management specialist or a physical therapist, inserts very thin stainless-steel, monofilament needles into trigger points of tight muscles. The needles inject nothing into the body. The treatment helps improve movement and flexibility, relieves pain, reactivates knotted muscles, relieves trigger points, and promotes recovery. Dry needling is not acupuncture, which is a Chinese medicine treatment.
Dry needling may be an effective treatment for people who suffer from deep persistent pain, joint pain, migraines, tight muscles, tendonitis, or scar tissue. The therapy is not recommended for pregnant women, people who are afraid of needles, or people who take blood-thinning medications.