Dry needling is the insertion of fine filament needles in the body, specifically neuromuscular tissue. Traditional acupuncture is rooted in eastern philosophy while dry needling is rooted in western medicine. The manner in which the needle is applied is what makes it different from profession to profession. For clinical use of dry needling, professional continuing education that includes demonstration of competency in dry needling is required. Dry needling utilizes small, fine filament needles to deactivate trigger points and to release chronic tightness or adhesions of muscles. Microlesions are produced within the dysfunctional tissue that allows shortened tissues to release their tension. Also, dry needling can effectively address strains and sprains, post workout or training pain, swelling reduction and general pain modulation. This allows the patient to be more comfortable and for gradual return to activity.
The thinly fine filament needle is flexible. This minimizes discomfort. Occasionally, a small twitch response of the muscle is experienced. These sensations are normal and often subside once the needle is removed. Outcomes can vary from person to person and from treatment to treatment. However, in most situations, the client experiences immediate symptom relief.
Dr. Ullman received his dry needling training through Sue Falsone’s Structure and Function course.