Neurofunctional Acupuncture is a precise nerve stimulation technique, in which fine solid needles (acupuncture needles) are inserted into muscle and nerve tissue, and stimulated manually or with electricity for the therapeutic purpose of correcting abnormal activity of the nervous system and/or the endocrine, exocrine and immune systems, in pain syndromes, and functional problems.
Dry needling is a technique used to treat myofascial pain. This type of pain originates from muscle tissue (myo) and the connective tissue in and around it (fascia). Injury to a muscle and/or repetitive strain can cause trigger points (commonly known as knots), to form, which cause pain and tightness in an area. What makes trigger points unique is that they can refer pain. Referred pain is, pain that originates in one area but is felt in a different area of the body.
The dry needling technique uses acupuncture needles, which are inserted through the skin into the trigger points. The goal of treatment is to release or inactivate the trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion.