Dry Needling

Dry needling is a term used to describe myofascial trigger point needling for muscular pain relief.  Many do not know that this is an acupuncture technique known as “ah-shi” (阿是) needling, a term coined in the Tang Dynasty by a famous Chinese Physician Sun Simiao in his text Qian Jin Yao Fang (Thousand Ducat Formulas) around 670CE.  But this technique goes back to the Yellow Emperor himself, over 2000 years ago, where it was described in the Ling Shu, in the Thirteen Writing on Sinew Channels.

Today this technique is being used by Physical Therapists (currently illegal in New York due to poor training and safety concerns) and other medical professionals.  Often described as painful but effective, when done by an acupuncturist who is trained in ah-shi needling, you can often minimize the soreness while knowing confidently that the technique is being done safely and effectively.