How Dry Needling addresses dysfunction on both the local and
Clinical physicians developed modern dry needling models
primarily to treat soft tissue pain related to inflammation, sensitized nerves,
scar tissue formation, tissue adhesion, and deficiency of blood and lymphatic
circulation. The practice of dry needling today is used to address both local
and systemic dysfunctions.
The process of dry needling involves inserting a filiform
needle through the skin where it physically stretches soft tissue. The
needle-induced stretching creates lesions, which remain in the body for days.
The procedure addresses soft tissue dysfunction through physical (stretching)
and biochemical stimuli (lesions).
The needle-induced lesions activate physiological mechanisms
that promotes tissue healing. Needling facilitates the remodeling of the
injured and inflamed soft tissues in and around the needling site.
Dry needling itself does not treat any diseases, but rather
restores tissue and systemic homeostasis. After needling many pathological
conditions can be improved.
Dry needling’s local benefits:
The remodeling process remedies soft tissue dysfunction in
- Local physical stress reduction (tissue tension)
- Normalizing local inflammation
- Replacement of injured tissues with fresh tissues of the
The healing of needling-induced lesions normalizes
inflammation by carrying blood and fluid circulation into and out of inflamed
tissues. The process is also hypothesized to assist in the balance of the
sympathetic nervous system.
However, all local dysfunctions have effects throughout the
human system. Soft tissue pain can affect the biomechanical balance of part or
all of the musculoskeletal system.
Dry needling’s systemic benefits
What is dry needling?
Systemic homeostasis in humans is the process of maintaining
a stable internal environment, despite changes in the exterior. Dry needling
promotes the body’s self-healing process in localized soft tissues as well as
benefiting the body by restoring systemic homeostasis.
Restoring systemic homeostasis means reducing both physical
and physiological stress. All body systems, including the immune,
cardiovascular, endocrine, among others, can experience benefits through
neurological and vascular inter-relationships. The procedure can also alleviate
biomechanical imbalances such as joint and posture imbalance by addressing the
soft tissue dysfunctions.
Drs. Gerald and
Latresia Bell were trained in dry needling by the one-and-only, Dr. Ma.
Yun-tao Ma, PhD
IDN Faculty - Dr. Yun-tao Ma
Dr Yun-tao Ma, PhD, educator, writer, researcher, founder of
the American Dry Needling Institute, is an internationally recognized and
highly respected authority in Pain Management, Sports and Trauma
Rehabilitation, who has been teaching dry needling for many years in USA and
all around the world. Dr Ma’s evidence-based
Integrative Dry Needling System has proven efficacy nationally and worldwide
and has been presented at National and
International symposiums in Washington DC, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris,
Sao Paulo, Miami, Frankfurt, Prague, Thessaloniki, Natal, Beijing and at
numerous medical schools.