Dry needling – a popular therapy, but it’s not for everyone

Dry needling involves the use of fine needles inserted into the skin and muscles, which induces injury and signals the brain to replace or repair with new, healthier tissue.

Evoker physiotherapist Sean Wickens favours dry needling to achieve patient goals, but even he admits it’s not for everyone.

When I choose dry needling, it’s after identifying that the patient will benefit from this treatment modality, the condition responds positively, and the patient is fully aware of the process“.

“Consent with anything we do in the physiotherapy and medical world is led by this principle.”

Dry needling is one of several manual therapy tools that help reduce pain and improve patients’ function, but some conditions respond better than others.

Physiotherapist Adam Monteith is in the no-needling camp for one simple reason – he’s never needed to needle!

“It’s my personal preference to use my hands. I have greater touch and feel with my thumbs and elbows.

“I get loads of tactile information and feedback this way”.

“So, my assessment of the tissue is constant, evolving, and my pressure or technique changes as I feel the tissue changing.”

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Dry needling - a popular therapy, but it's not for everyone
Dry needling - a popular therapy, but it's not for everyone