Dry needling is a technique used to decrease pain and improve muscle mobility. With this technique, a thin, filiform "dry" needle (without medication or injection), is inserted through the skin and into muscle tissue to stimulate and release myofacial trigger points.
Dry needling is also sometimes referred to as trigger point dry needling or intramuscular manual therapy.
Dry needling is NOT acupuncture, which is practiced by acupuncturists and based on traditional Chinese medicine.
Dry needling is typically used as part of a larger treatment plan, which includes manuals therapy and corrective exercises, and can help speed up recovery.