The primary aim is to relieve muscle pain and spasm which commonly accompany conditions such as arthritis, nerve irritation, muscle strain, ligament strain and herniated discs.
The practitioner inserts short, thin, stainless steel filiform needles into pressure points, also called trigger points, these are tight areas or knots in the muscles. The needles contain no liquid, and nothing is injected.
The most common practice is to leave a needle in the muscle for 10–30 minutes.
An ancient Chinese therapy using suction to treat pain and dysfunction of muscles and connective tissue. The treatment can be performed using static cups to increase blood flow to particular areas of pain or tension or as a massage to relieve adhesions of fascia below the skin. Works well in conjunction with dry needling.