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Dry needling is a treatment intervention for muscle dysfunction. It involves applying thin filament needles into affected muscle groups (often in conjunction with electrical stimulation) to improve both the muscles resting state and its performance. The technique is called “dry” needling because no substances are injected into the body, nor are the filaments hypodermic. Dry needling differs from acupuncture in that needles are applied only for the purpose of improving skeletal muscle dysfunction. Conversely, acupuncture is used for treating a wider variety of health conditions and is based on an Eastern medicine paradigm of human physiology. Dry needling is most effective in treating individuals with myofascial pain resulting from overuse, poor posture, and/or mechanical dysfunction (e.g. TMJ). It is however, not appropriate for individuals after surgery or with acute orthopedic injuries.

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