Dry needling is a treatment technique which uses fine acupuncture needles (also known as filiform needles) to release tight muscles and myofascial trigger points. A myofascial trigger point is a focus of hyperirritability in a muscle which is often related to the maintenance of the pain cycle. Dry needling is also used to relieve pain in connective tissue and fascia, and therefore is useful in treating acute and chronic orthopaedic conditions. Dry needling is increasingly used in the treatment of musculoskeletal and sports injuries. For all dry needling treatments we use sterile disposable needles.