Functional Dry Needling (FDN) involves the insertion of thin filiform needles directly into dysfunctional muscle tissue or “trigger points”. The needle is inserted with the goal of eliciting a “twitch” response either by direct manipulation of the needle within the muscle or by introducing a mild (not painful) electrical current through the needle. Production of this twitch response has been shown to have beneficial effects both locally at the level of the muscle and centrally at the level of the nervous system. Pain reduction via encouraged muscular relaxation is the main outcome of FDN.
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