Dry needling - intramuscular stimulation - is often done to promote healing, reduce soreness, and loosen tight muscles.
You can’t really massage tissue that is very deep, because you can’t reach it. So needling is simply a way of getting to the deeper muscles.
I have had needling many times for pain in my calves. But getting to the physical therapist takes time.
Since I have seen it done so many times, I decided I’d give it a try myself.
I used the longer 1/2 inch pen needles. I attached them to the pen, put them in, and then unscrewed the pen. Seemed to work pretty well. I may do this more often because it was pretty easy.
Here is what it looks like when a professional does it:
And here was my first effort: