The sensation caused by dry needling is variable but it can be painful; particularly if the trigger point being needled is related to the pain that brings the client to the Physio. The pain can be experienced in two ways:
1. When the needle is inserted through the skin into the muscle, there may be a slight contraction or twitch within the muscle that creates pain. Although twitches in the muscles can create an initial (but brief!) painful response, twitches in the muscles are considered a good sign that the desired trigger point has been impacted by the needle. In such cases, the pain will subside in a short time.
2. After the Physio treatment, the area may be a little sore for approximately 48 hours, however, this is not considered a cause for concern and should be expected for most patients. Our rule of thumb is that if you’re ever concerned about lingering pain after treatment you should contact your Physio immediately.