The information below explains the technique, Dry Needling, that has been offered to you.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling is a very successful medical treatment that uses very thin dry needles (no medication) to achieve its aim. 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 spasms and trigger points (knots) and relieve pain. There are also chemical and electrical effects that 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. We also use dry needling for sinuses.
Our physiotherapists are expertly trained
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.
When to use this technique
We use this physiotherapy treatment technique for:
- Pain and dysfunction caused by muscles
- Sinusitis or sinuses
- Muscle spasms
- Trigger points (knots)
- Relieve pain