Dry needling is the use of acupuncture needles to treat myofascial trigger points. Dry needling is not the same as acupuncture. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese complimentary medicine that focuses on the Qi and meridians in the body.
However, the physiological basis for acupuncture is not scientifically supported. Dry needling is a modern western medical technique invented in the 20th century by two American medical doctors.
The use of dry needling has been supported by many scientific studies and the body of evidence is continually growing.
Dry needling is the use of sterile acupuncture needles to penetrate and deactivate myofascial trigger points. Different size needles are used in different areas of the body.