Dry needling is a technique used by physiotherapists to reduce pain and muscle spasm. Fine needles are inserted in points of api and trigger points around it.
In a study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, researchers analysed the results of the best clinical studies that have been conducted thus far to determine whether or not dry needling helps to reduce neck and arm pain, both common areas for trigger point development. The researchers found that dry needling can be an effective means of pain relief when dealing with myofascial pain syndrome, or the presence of painful trigger points and muscles. When this technique is used by a physical therapist, it serves as a beneficial treatment, especially when used in combination with other techniques such as exercise.