FAQs for Patients
What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling involves multiple advances of an acupuncture-type needle into the ‘trigger point’ of the muscle. The aim is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and pain.
What will I experience?
The needles used are very thin, and you may or may not feel the needle enter your skin. If the target muscle is shortened and supersensitive you will feel a cramping or twitch sensation. This is very short-lasting, and patients soon learn to recognise this sensation as therapeutic as it is followed by a feeling of pain relief and muscle relaxation.
Are there any side effects?
The most common side effect is temporary muscle soreness after the treatment. This typically lasts for a day or two, and your clinician will instruct you on how to minimise this. There are other less common side effects such as bruising. If you have any questions about side effects, please discuss this with your clinician.
What happens when nerves start to go wrong?
Neuropathic pain is pain that occurs when nerves malfunction following minor irritation. The nerves become supersensitive and normal signals become exaggerated and misperceived as painful ones. The result is pain, even when medical tests show there is ‘nothing wrong’.
The shortened muscle syndrome
An important contributing factor in neuropathic pain is muscle shortening or spasm. This produces pain by pulling on tendons, creating tension on the joints they attach into, and thus contributing to degenerative changes such as tendonitis and osteoarthritis.
How does Dry Needling help?
Dry Needling helps to reduce pressure on the nerve by releasing muscle shortening. It is now well researched that the ‘twitch’ response in the muscle during dry needling is associated with the muscle relaxing and stopping the pull on adjacent areas.
How often will I need treatment?
Treatments are typically once a week, to allow enough recovery time between treatment sessions. However, this can vary. The number of treatments you will require will depend on many things, such as:
- How long you have had your problem
- The extent of your problem
- How long it takes to address the contributing factors
- How quickly your body can heal
Are there any contraindications to Dry Needling?
Prior to treatment please inform your clinician if you are pregnant, or have any of the following:
- Metal allergies
- Axillary or inguinal node dissection
- Joint replacements
- Needle phobia
What if I have some more questions?
Feel free to contact one of our Clinicians at Sandringham Sports Physio on 03 9583 5248 to answer your questions. Or email us for an appointment on: firstname.lastname@example.org