The information below explains the technique “Dry Needling” that has been offered to you.
Dry Needling is a very successful medical treatment which uses very thin dry needles (no medication) to achieve its aim. Dry Needling is used to treat pain and dysfunction caused by muscles, sinusitis, headaches and even nerves. This is not acupuncture which is a Traditional Chinese Medicine, but rather a western medicine technique that has a clear scientific understanding and does not rely on religious influence.
Dry Needling works by helping the body to heal muscle spasm and trigger points (knots) and relieve pain. There are also chemical and electrical effects which assist in your recovery. Dry Needling is only one part of your rehabilitation and it is important that you do the exercises and follow the advice given to you by your physiotherapist.
Your physiotherapist has been specifically trained in the various needling techniques. Appropriate needle length and thickness will be chosen by your physiotherapist appropriately for your condition and body size and it will then be inserted through the skin in the appropriate place. You will feel a small pinprick and depending on the type of needle technique chosen you may also feel a muscle ache and possibly one or more small muscle twitches. These are normal sensations to experience during Dry Needling.
There is very little risk associated with Dry Needling if performed properly by a trained physiotherapist. You may experience small bruising around the needle site as with any injection. Rarely, you may have an emotional response and become happy, teary, sweaty or cold. These effects are short lived.
If you are being treated in the neck, chest or shoulder area there is an additional risk that involves your lung. A pneumothorax (air in the space around the lung) may develop if the lung is punctured. This is a serious but rare condition for which you should go directly to hospital for. Symptoms of this include shortness of breath which worsens, sudden sharp pain with breathing, inability to “catch your breath” and bluish colouring to the lips. Medical treatment is highly effective for this rare complication.
If you are happy to receive this treatment and have asked any related questions that you may have, please sign the consent form provided or contact us for more information.