- While dry needling is a very useful tool in physiotherapist’s toolkit, it’s not for everybody. Like any other tool, there are areas where it works well and other where caution is needed. Occasionally dry needling may cause minor muscle soreness for the next day or so. Usually you can tell this is a “worked” soreness rather than an “aggravated” soreness, and you’ll notice that your main pain is actually a fair degree better.
- Sometimes there can be a small amount of bruising after, but generally nothing to worry about.
- Dry needling on the trunk or neck requires extra caution, and so generally shorter needles are used to make sure everything is as safe as possible.
- All needling procedures have a small risk for infection. However, we ALWAYS use new, sterile, disposable needles and thorough hand washing procedures.
Please tell us if you have any infection, cancer, hepatitis, HIV / AIDS, a pacemaker, are taking blood thinners and / or immunosuppressant medication, or are pregnant. All of these situations changes how we do the dry needling, and so we really need to know about them.