Dry Needling is very similar to acupuncture as it also uses needles to elicit an effect in the body. The difference between the two techniques is that Dry Needling is based on scientific neurophysiology and anatomy principles and acupuncture is based on the Chinese belief that there has to be a balanced flow of chi in the body in order to be healthy.
A very thin, flexible needle is placed in the affected tissue. Your body responds by sending increased blood circulation to the area. This increase in blood circulation also carries the body’s own anti-inflammatory and pain relief agents. The needles therefor focus the body’s attention on the area to promote and improve healing. It also produces a change in the nervous system which can inhibit the transmission of pain signals.
Does it hurt?
Most patients do not feel the needle as it is inserted. When it reaches the target area, you may feel a brief twitch in the muscle or a deep ache in the area. This mostly dissipates within seconds after insertion.
Are there any side effects or risks?
Yes, but they are very small. These include but are not limited to drowsiness, small bleeding from the puncture area or under the skin, slight chance of infection and a slight chance of a pneumothorax.
How is the risks managed?
Our physiotherapists are trained by accredited Dry Needling trainers and have to go through practical testing before being certified to perform acupuncture. The risk of bleeding and pneumothorax is therefor negligibly small. The risk of infections is minimised by using sterile needles that is for one use only and is then discarded.
When is Dry Needling used?
Our physiotherapists use Dry Needling for the following conditions:
- Neck pain
- Joint pain
- Shoulder pain
- Joint swelling
- Ligament sprains and tears
- Muscle sprains and tears
- Trigger points
- Neural pain like sciatica
- Scar tissue