Medical acupuncture, also known as dry needling, is a technique whereby fine needles are used to treat hyper-irritable spots of the skeletal muscle otherwise known as trigger points.
Trigger points feel like “knots” or tight bands in the muscle.
The goal of the insertion of a dry needle into the tight bands is to sedate these trigger points, release pain and help reorganise and align collagen fibres.
Dry needling allows access to deep musculature that may have never been reached without the use of a needle.
Chemicals are released such as calcitonin and bradykinin, which dilates local blood vessels and often create red flushes on the skin.
It is important to note muscle trigger point dry needling has no similarities with traditional acupuncture except for the needle being used during the process.