Dry needling, which is used in physiotherapy sessions, is a specialised form of acupuncture where solid filament needles are inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point consists of multiple contraction knots which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle. You may feel a “twitch” response as the needle is manipulated in the tissue by your chartered physiotherapist. This is a normal and desired response.
While dry needling is a very safe and effective procedure, there is a remote risk of undesirable consequences including the possibility of damage to the lung while needling over the chest area and to the kidney whilst needling the lower back region. Some common minor side effects of the procedure include tissue bruising and post-treatment soreness which typically lasts between a few hours to two days.
As chartered physiotherapists, we use a completely sterile technique and your right to give blood is not affected. Single use, sterile and disposable needs are used in the clinic. Physiotherapists who use dry needling are highly-skilled and trained in this technique. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.