Dry needling is usually one component of a comprehensive physical therapy plan. The technique uses thin needles that are carefully inserted into muscular trigger points — tight, contracted bands of tissue that can cause pain and impaired mobility. By breaking up painful bundles of muscle tissue, dry needling can relax tense muscles, reduce pain, and increase blood flow to the area.
Therapists may recommend dry needling to help patients who have been diagnosed with the following conditions:
- Muscle strains
- Spine conditions
- Síndrome de cirugía fallida de espalda
- Migraines and tension headaches