Dry Needling Treatments
Also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling, is the use of solid filiform needles (also referred to as acupuncture needles) for therapy of muscle pain, including pain related to myofascial pain syndrome, or trigger points. Dry needling is sometimes also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS). Acupuncture is a broad category of needling practices with solid filiform needles. Modern acupuncture includes both traditional and Western medical acupuncture; dry needling is one subcategory of western medical acupuncture.
Dry needling is a neurophysiological evidence-based treatment technique that requires effective manual assessment of the neuromuscular system. At the bridgwater chiropractic clinic we are well trained to utilize dry needling in conjunction with manual therapies. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor end plates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.