“I treat clients with a variety of pain complaints and incorporate trigger point dry needling, especially in cases of musculoskeletal pain,” says Ashley Flores, a licensed acupuncturist in Chicago who is trained in trigger point dry needling. “I don’t generally recommend this treatment as a regular part of clients’ healthcare routine as I don’t find it to be beneficial outside of releasing trigger points and balancing muscular function.”
It’s also somewhat of a more “aggressive” technique.
“There’s potential discomfort that can go along with it,” she says. “At the same time, I will say that when called for, trigger point dry needling techniques can be incredibly effective and can relieve pain quickly and with few side effects.”