Dry needling can be used for a number of musculoskeletal problems. As dry needling targets the muscle tissue it can be beneficial in the treatment of any condition where muscle pain or tightness is an issue.
Is it safe? What are the risks/side effects to dry needling?
Dry needling is a safe technique when performed by someone who is trained and qualified. The needles are all sterile, single use needles which are disposed of following your treatment. We NEVER reuse needles or use a needle that has previously been opened.
There may occasionally be some normal minor side effects to dry needling, such as feeling tender or sore in the treated area following the session, feeling tired or sleepy and small bruises.
Is it painful?
When the needle is inserted you may feel a slight prick and you may have a brief muscle twitch response (where your muscle twitches/contracts quickly in response to the needle), but once the needles are inserted you generally cannot feel them or they may have a “heavy” or warm sensation.
After the treatment you may experience discomfort in the area for up to 48 hours afterwards. This can be a normal response and is not a cause for concern.
As with all treatment modalities at 4 Life Physiotherapy your therapist will explain the procedure to you and ask for your informed consent prior to commencing dry needling. If you are not comfortable with this procedure let your therapist know and they can discuss other treatment options with you.
If you would like to find out more about dry needling or any other services provided here at 4 Life Physiotherapy please feel free to give us a call to discuss any questions you may have on 08 9583 5200.