Dry Needling has exploded in popularity over the last 5-6 years, no doubt because if done correctly and safely the results can be quite dramatic. I have experienced these results first hand throughout my own physical illnesses. I do, however wish to take a moment and explain that not all dry needling education is uniform. There are many of us trying to make prerequisite education more standardized, but at this time, the education can range from a two day course, all the way to multiple years of training. As a consumer of health care (which even practitioners will be at some point, a consumer) we owe it to ourselves to research the training our selected practitioners have in a given area.
If you are reading this chances are you are a well informed consumer of healthcare. Don't be afraid to ask questions of your practitioner. Can they explain to you in detail the technique they are using, why they have selected this technique, how this technique will affect your condition, what will the most likely response from the body will be? Can they anticipate any complications? Do they re-use needles? Do they sterilize/or autoclave them? Can they explain the anatomy and kinematics (how those specific tissue move and contribute to the dysfunction you are experiencing) of the tissues involved they are going to treat?
All these are good questions to ask. I was very fortunate to be trained by the very best in the field both in needling as well as manual and manipulative therapies. I believe this amount of in depth training is what has yielded to greater results in my practice. I appreciate you taking the time to read this. As always, once you have become a patient at Bluegrass DPT, we are always in your corner as your advocate and will assist you in any way we can throughout your healthcare continuum.