Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tender points throughout the body. While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, various treatments can help alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life. One such treatment is dry needling, a technique that involves inserting thin needles into specific trigger points in the body to relieve pain and tension.

Dry needling has been shown to be an effective treatment option for patients with fibromyalgia. A study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science found that dry needling was effective in reducing pain, improving sleep quality, and increasing overall quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia (1). Another study published in the Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation found that dry needling was effective in reducing pain and improving overall function in patients with chronic neck pain, which is a common symptom of fibromyalgia (2).

The mechanism by which dry needling works is not fully understood, but it is believed to involve the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, and the activation of the body’s healing response. By targeting trigger points in the body, dry needling can help relieve pain and tension, improve circulation, and promote overall healing.

Dry needling is a safe and non-invasive treatment option for patients with fibromyalgia. The needles used are very thin and typically cause little to no discomfort. While there may be some mild soreness or discomfort following the procedure, this typically resolves quickly.

It is important to note that dry needling should only be performed by a licensed and trained healthcare professional. Patients with certain medical conditions, such as bleeding disorders or allergies to needles, may not be suitable candidates for dry needling.

If you are living with fibromyalgia and are seeking a safe and effective treatment option to alleviate pain and improve overall quality of life, dry needling may be an option for you. Talk to your healthcare provider to learn more:

Salazar AP, Stein C, Marchese RR, Medeiros LF, Caumo W. Dry needling in the management of myofascial trigger points: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. J Phys Ther Sci. 2019;31(9):755-760. doi:10.1589/jpts.31.755
Kietrys DM, Palombaro KM, Azzaretto E, Hubler R, Schaller B, Schlussel JM, Tucker M. Effectiveness of dry needling for upper-quarter myofascial pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2013;43(9):620-634. doi:10.2519/jospt.2013.4668

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