What is Dry Needling? Dry Needling treats both chronic and acute pain situations. Sometimes muscles will go into miniature spasms called trigger points. Because they are smaller than full muscle spasms you may not know you have them unless you specifically press on the point. The nerves that are wrapped up in this miniature spasm can send pain signals to other parts of the body. For example a trigger point in the upper shoulder can send pain down the arm. Dry Needling allows us to "discharge" the electrical impulse sent by the nerve by gently placing a very small needle into the trigger point itself. This allows the nerve to calm down and for the trigger point to relax. This results in a reduction of your pain, better movement in the affected muscles, and a much better enjoyment and quality of your life.