Dry Needling affects each patient differently and the way in which the patient responds to Dry Needling is unique to that individual. It is commonly known that some patients have an excellent reaction to the treatment administered and feel completely better after one or two sessions whilst others have a slower reaction and take more treatments. A patient does not ever get worse due to Dry Needling and this form of treatment works well in conjunction with all osteopathic treatment.
When Dry Needling is administered most patients do not feel any pain or discomfort when the needles are placed into the specific areas. The only symptoms some patients have encountered with this form of treatment are a slight discomfort and also a feeling of warmth when the needle is placed in a muscular trigger point. However, this often only lasts a few moments. As the muscle releases with needle in it, the Osteopath administering the treatment may need to re-stimulate the area by pushing the needle further. Again this may potentially cause a slight discomfort previously felt by the patient. A patient may feel a little sore after receiving this treatment however this is only temporary. Also, a patient can feel tired and sleep more than usual the night of the treatment. Often a patient will report some immediate relief to the symptoms that had been suffering from after a treatment.
Is Acupuncture The Same Thing As Dry Needling?
Over the years there has been some confusion between Acupuncture and Dry Needling. Acupuncture practice essentially incorporates many different needling techniques and a variety of these may be required to gain the best results. In contrast, Dry Needling, also known as trigger point acupuncture or, more traditionally, as ashi acupuncture, refers to just one of these techniques. The Osteopath at the clinic is qualified in many techniques, including trigger point acupuncture, and will adopt the best approach depending on the patient’s individual needs.
We have combined Acupuncture and Osteopathy at our clinic to enhance the treatment offered to our patients and to help improve their results. However, we offer Acupuncture to our patients only as another option of treatment and patients should not feel obliged to agree if they do not feel comfortable with this treatment.