Dry needling is one of the many therapeutic treatments people enlist to relieve themselves of muscle pain. This procedure makes use of filiform needles to release trigger points in the treatment of a lot of conditions. Some of these conditions are: muscle spasms, sciatic nerve pain, tennis elbow, headache, myofascial pain.
Dry needling should not be confused with acupuncture because the two are actually very different in terms of rationale and function. For one, dry needling is an approach of the Western culture while acupuncture relates more to Chinese/Asian medicinal traditions.
This is procedure that is considered as invasive as it penetrates the skin and the muscle underneath it to treat directly the cause of the pain.
Myofascial trigger points resemble lumps in the muscle area that can trap nerves, lymph, and blood vessels. Dry needling works in such a way that it causes the muscle spasms to relax, thus relieving the pain that is felt by the person.