Dry needling, from an acupuncturist view, is another name for some very old acupuncture techniques. However, dry needling's use of modernized explanations using anatomical terminology and current muscle physiology understanding is very appealing for many sports minded patients. Regardless of terminology, using needles to do focused work on muscles is a very effective technique.
Chad's mentor Whitfield Reaves studied with Janet Travel, who wrote the book on trigger points and coined the term dry needling, in the 1980's. After that, he started to include her teachings into his acupuncture practice. He was one of the first acupuncturists to teach trigger point theory as a way to describe what acupuncture was doing while working on muscles. Chad helped Whitfield write his book "The Acupuncture Handbook of Sports Injuries and Pain" and assisted him in teaching sports acupuncture for 7 years.
Dry needling can be pretty intense and my not be the correct technique for all patients, so at your first visit we will explain and possibly demonstrate the different techniques, to find what will work best for you and your muscles.