dry needling

Dry needling is not the same as acupuncture!

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is a treatment in which the physiotherapist uses a special technique to trigger your muscles to relax muscle knots and cramps for prolonged periods. Dry needling and acupuncture are often confused. Dry needling uses a ‘dry’ acupuncture needle, and no fluid is injected into the muscle.


A painful area is sometimes called a trigger point. This is a sore spot in a muscle. In addition to being painful to the touch, a trigger point often causes pain over a larger area. This kind of pain is called referred pain. The physiotherapist may find the cause of the pain in a different place than where you actually feel the pain.


Acupuncture often involves superficially inserting several needles into the body, which remain there for some time to influence the ‘energy’ in the body. In dry needling, the physiotherapist usually uses one needle, which he or she briefly uses to stimulate the muscle. The physiotherapist will prick at specific points, the so-called ‘trigger points’. It is therefore not an ‘energy treatment’