Dry needling is a technique used by physical therapists to treat pain and movement impairments involving dysfunction in the musculoskeletal system. The term "dry" needling indicates that nothing is actually injected into the tissue but the needle itself is what causes the effect when it is inserted into the muscle to release and inactivate trigger points in the tissue. The use of dry needling can result in decreased pain and improved range of motion, and it can be a great addition to your plan of care.