Dry needling involves the insertion of small, solid needles into tissues in order to assist in the reduction of muscular pain. The needles are inserted through the skin into painful muscle trigger points in an attempt to deactivate that trigger point. Dry needling is different to acupuncture in that, although it uses similar needles, dry needling is used on areas of local change in tissues and does not follow specific acupuncture points or meridians. The use of trigger point dry needling is indicated where manual therapy techniques have been unsuccessful or have produced to much post-treatment soreness.
(see article on speciality physiotherapy)