How it's done
Their pioneering work lead to the evolution of modern dry needling. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into a trigger point (tight muscle band) to illicit a local twitch response from the painful muscle.
There are a number of suggested mechanisms by which trigger point dry needling works. The introduction of the needle leads to an immune response in the affected area. The micro trauma leads to a fresh supply of oxygen and nutrients to promote healing. It also affects the nerves and the information they send to the painful muscle by down-regulating the information sent which helps relax the muscle.
For maximum benefit this unique treatment approach should be used in conjunction with other conventional physiotherapy treatment options.