Dry needling is a procedure in which an acupuncture needle is inserted directly into the muscle at the site of a trigger point. A trigger point is a hypersensitive spot in a muscle that can refer pain into other areas of the body. Once the trigger point is deactivated (this can be done through acupressure or dry needling) the pain that is felt in the muscle or the joint movement that has been limited is improved.
Dry needling focuses solely on joint and muscular injuries and pain unlike oriental style acupuncture which works with energy meridians and flow in the body to rectify health complaints. So whilst acupuncture and dry needling sound similar there use in treatment is quite different.
Dry needling is often used in conjunction with Myotherapy as part of a standard treatment protocol.