WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING?
Dry needling is a manual therapy technique that uses a filiform needle as a mechanical device to treat conditions within the scope of physical therapy practice. It is based upon Western medicine concepts, requires a physical therapy examination and diagnosis, and treats specific anatomic entities. (Rule 1 Dry Needling of the Montana Physical Therapy Practice Act)
Dry needling works by causing a micro-lesion within the pathological tissue, helping to break up shortened tissues, stimulating the healing response, and changing the pain response. This mechanical and neuromuscular effect provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal, which ultimately reduces pain.