Trigger Point Dry Needling is a way to treat muscular spasm and tension which occurs due to conditions such as arthritis, nerve irritation, muscular and ligament strain, and disc herniation.
It involves placing a solid filament needle into the skin to the muscle. No solution is injected - hence the name 'dry' needling. It is the presence of the needle itself in the muscle which is the treatment.
The needle causes a local twitch response within the muscle which research shows will reduce muscle contraction and chemical irritation, improve flexibility and reduce pain.
As the needle is inserted into the muscle it will cut through three to fifteen thousand muscle fibres. The body views the needle as a foreign invader which stimulates an immune response. The cut muscle fibres also produce inflammation which the body responds to systemically, affecting the whole body - reducing overall inflammation.