Dry needling as modiality is not a new phenomenon. In fact, it turns out to be at least three quarters of a century old if we consider the paper of Brav and Sigmond in 1941 as the beginning of modern day dry needling where they claimed pain could be relieved by simple needling without injecting any substance. However, the popularity of dry needling has reached its maximum only in recent times. It is now evident that dry needling has become more than just a passing fad and is turning out to be a mainstream physiotherapeutic treatment. That day is probably not so far when our universities start incorporating dry needling in their syllabus. Before that an important task remains to be accomplished though, which is standardizing the process of dry needling.
This article discusses sixteen key components that are identified while reviewing the available national and international guideline pertaining to needling. For ease of the practitioner those components are arranged in a singled sheet of paper, which constitutes the dry needling assessment form.
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