Is Dry Needling Safe?

Dry needling is appropriate for nearly all patients who do not have a significant needle phobia or other anxiety about being treated with needles. Like any type of therapy, dry needling may deliver unintended side effects, such as minor pain at the stop of needle insertion, muscle soreness, fatigue, and bruising. 

In the hands of a skilled clinician, dry needling in Edmonton is a safe and effective treatment option and the patient will see benefits in a range of motion and joint use right away.

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It’s normal that it may take several dry needling therapy sessions before the muscle is fully functional again. This is because trigger points are located under deep layers of muscles, so it typically takes several sessions for the changes to take full effect. But patients will typically notice the difference right after each treatment.

Dry needling is also known to be relatively painless. Generally, the needle insertion is not felt and the local twitch response only provokes a very brief pain response, feeling more like a shock or cramping sensation. A local twitch response is a therapeutic response that serves as a sign that the needle has hit the trigger point, so it’s actually a good and desirable reaction.

It all sounds like it might be painful or you’ll walk out covered in blood. Not at all. Dry needling is truly not as painful or as horrible as it sounds. Rarely does this draw any blood or elicit any serious pain. We have had some fantastic outcomes when using this technique and it is such a simple way to address annoying or niggling types of injuries which are commonplace in your lower limbs.

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