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Dry Needling And Pain


Dry needling treatment has a unique individual response. One of the main questions I hear is “Does dry needling hurt.” This question comes down to patient perception. Many people will experience some level of discomfort with dry needling but the worst part of the technique is most often the insertion of the needles. This is brief and typically completely goes away very quickly. The second part is the area of treatment and chosen treatment.


Areas And Type Of Treatment


When it comes to areas of treatment spine muscles tend to be less painful than muscles of the arms or legs. This is simply in intensity after the treatment. Pain can occur with a muscle twitch and may relate to post needle soreness. In the most recent research the twitch was not necessary however. Initially it was thought a twitch was important for a patient. The more twitches the more sore patients tend to be. This is good news for people who worry about pain and soreness with the technique. Without a focus on a twitch people can gain the benefit but not experience the same level of pain.


It Depends


Dry needling like other treatments does depend on how aggressive the treatment is. Initial sessions at Ascend Orthopaedics with dry needling are less aggressive to build up the treatment and allow for a positive response. Let us know if pain with any treatment is a concern. It will allow us to give you the info you need to make a decision. There is no reason to say yes to a treatment you are concerned about. At Ascend we help you make the best decision that works for you.