Dry needling is a procedure mostly used to release trigger points by inserting a fine needle
A tiny needle or an acupuncture needle is introduced into the skin and muscle during a dry needling therapy. It's designed to target myofascial trigger points (MTrPs), which are hyperirritable locations in skeletal muscle that are linked to a hypersensitive palpable nodule in a taut band.
- Identification of myofascial trigger points in the muscle through palpation
- Deep dry needling reproduces the patient's pattern of pain
- Identification of 'Jump' and 'Shout' sign on palpation on MTrP.
DN therapy should be avoided in patients under the following circumstances:
- In a patient with needle fobia.
- Patient unwillng - fear, patient belief.
- Unable to give consent - communication, cognitive, age-related factors.
- Medical emergency or acute medical condition.
- Over an area or limb with lymphedema as this may increase the risk of infection/cellulitis and the difficulty of fighting the infection if one should occur.
- Inappropriate for any other reason.
- Abnormal bleeding tendency
- Compromised immune system
- Vascular disease
- Frail patients
- Patients with epilepsy
- Phychological status
- Patient allergies
- Patient medication
- Unsuitable patient for any reason