Daniel has undergone extra study to be qualified in the use of dry needling as a treatment technique. He has been using this popular form of treatment over the past 8 years. It may be suggested, or offered, as a treatment option in the management of your injury.
As always I will discuss the reasons behind suggesting dry needling as a treatment option including its expected outcomes. If you don’t like needles that is also fine as there are plenty of other options available.
What is involved?
Dry needling involves using a fine filament needle (the same as those used in acupuncture) to elicit a local twitch response from a muscle. It is most commonly used to address the health and function of muscle tissue.
Does it work?
Dry needling may provide relief for some muscular pain and stiffness. In addition, easing the trigger points may improve flexibility and increase range of motion. That’s why this method is often used to treat sports injuries, muscle pain, and even fibromyalgia pain. Research supporting its use is limited. Most of the existing research for dry needling supports the practice for relieving mild to moderate pain.
Is it safe? What are the risks?
Dry needling is generally held to be very safe. As with all healthcare interventions it carries a level of risk. Side effects can include post treatment drowsiness or nausea, fainting, local tenderness and bruising, aching or a temporary exacerbation of symptoms. More serious complications occur very rarely but can include convulsions, infections, organ puncture, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, or pneumothorax (punctured lung). As always this will be discussed with you at your consultation to make sure this is the best way to manage your injury or pain.
Want to know more?
If you would like to find out more please don’t hesitate to give me a call in at the clinic on (03) 52223838