Dry needling is also called trigger point dry needling or myofascial trigger point dry needling. It is used to treat myofascial pain. The word “myofascial” is made up of the roots “myo” (which refers to muscle) and “fascia” (which refers to the tissue that connects muscle).
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Muscles sometimes develop knotted areas called trigger points. These trigger points are highly sensitive and can be painful when touched. They are also often the cause of referred pain (or pain that affects another part of the body). The needles are used to stimulate the tissue.
Pain affects how your body moves. It is thought that dry needling changes the way the brain and muscles talk to each other to let the system return to a more normal movement pattern. Dry needling is used to increase range of motion that may be limited due to muscle tightness or scar tissue.