Dry needling involves solid filament needles (similar to those used in acupuncture), which are placed into the trigger point to produce a local twitch response (LTR). The needles are very thin and rarely felt entering the skin. The LTR is therapeutically essential for treatment because it is followed by a period of reflexive relaxation of the muscle. When a person experiences an LTR, they will often feel a cramping sensation or discomfort in the referral pattern of the muscle lasting a few seconds.
- Decreased muscle pain and soreness
- Muscle relaxation
- Increased flexibility