Dry needling, also known as trigger point dry needling and intramuscular stimulation, is atreatment technique used by various healthcare practitioners
Both IMS and dry needling are interchangeable terms used for a treatment technique thatinvolves using an acupuncture needle to generate a localized twitch response in anoveractive muscle to treat pain of a neuropathic origin.
Dry needling is focused on using strong stimulation on the muscles to get them to release.Acupuncture, on the other hand, does not use strong stimulation and it is based on channeltheory and using points to heal the body naturally
Dry needling stimulates a so-called “twitch” response in the muscle fibers in the taut bands oftissue, which then releases the spasm or trigger point that is causing the pain.
The actual inserting of the needle does not hurt—these needles are very thin. Sometimes the muscle will twitch when you put it in, and it can feel sore if that happens. You usually will feel a little muscle ache or soreness for a day or two after that feels like you worked out that muscle.
While the name of the procedure may sound intimidating, dry needling is safe, minimally discomforting and often an effective technique for patients with certain musculoskeletal presentations.
Dry needling treats muscle tissue, and its goal is to reduce pain, inactivate trigger points,reduce tension along fascial planes and restore function.