Functional Dry Needling (FDN) is a technique our physical therapists use for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain, trigger points, and movement impairments. The technique uses a thin filiform needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle.
FDN is used with the goal of releasing or deactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Preliminary research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up your return to normal activities.
FDN is not acupuncture. The methodology, purpose, desired benefits, and treatment approach are vastly different to that of acupuncture. Acupuncture is steeped in Eastern medicine; FDN is based on Western medicine, physiology and knowledge of anatomy.