Functional Dry Needling or Trigger Point Dry Needling (FDN) is an effective therapy to treat muscular tension and spasm, which commonly accompanies conditions such as arthritis, nerve irritation, muscular strain, ligament sprains and herniated discs. It is called “Dry” Needling because there is no solution injected as with a hypodermic needle during a flu shot. With Dry Needling, the needle itself and the effects it produces within the tissue is the treatment.
FDN uses a small, solid filament needle, which is inserted in a contracted painful knotted muscle (trigger point) to create a local twitch reflex. This is both diagnostic and therapeutic as it is the first step in breaking the pain cycle as research shows will decrease muscle contraction, reduce chemical irritation, improve flexibility and decrease pain.