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Dry Needling

  • Dry Needling

    Dry needling is described as a type of modern acupuncture that is used in this case for joints and muscles. Not to be confused with acupuncture which is part of Chinese medicine, although it has some similarities in terms of its method.

    One of the aims of dry needling is to provide pain relief, stimulate nerve fibres and release natural endorphins which can help provide natural analgesia (pain relief).


    Are there any side effects?

    There can be some bleeding/bruising. Treated muscles can feel achy and tired, we recommend patients rest after treatment if possible.

    How soon do I feel the beneficial effects?

    Some people feel better immediately, others feel better a day or two later.

    Who cannot have dry needling?

    We will not treat the following groups with dry needling: Diabetics, children under 14, individuals on blood thinning medications such as heparin or warfarin, those with lymph oedema in a limb, pregnant women, active cancer, those with an ongoing blood disease, acute immune disorders, patients with valve replacements, those with allergies to metal, epilepsy, high blood pressure and confused or frail individuals.

    How many dry needling sessions would I require?

    If your condition is ongoing, regular dry needling may be an effective way of managing it. For most people a course of 3 to 6 treatments can make considerable changes in muscle tension.

    Does it hurt?

    The needles we use in dry needling are disposable and very thin. It is however a needle and patients can feel a bit of a needle prick, followed by a dull ache as we hit the trigger point. The muscle may twitch as it releases.

    Are there any risks?

    The main risk with dry needling would be a pneumo-thorax due to a needle piercing the lung. There are specific safety precautions that we follow to ensure absolute minimum risk.

    Although every effort is made to minimise risk of infection, there is always a small risk of this occurring.