Would you subject yourself to painful needling? Dry needling is a technique adopted by physiotherapists, some chiropractors and osteopaths. Also known as western aucpuncture it usually invovles inserting acupuncture needles into trigger points and more often than not

thrusting in and out of the muscle to release tension. This is very painful for patients who are already in a great deal of pain. More often than not the practitioner has attended a short weekend course before applying this technique.

What is the alternative?

Ensure you only allow qualified acupuncturists who have extensive training and who practise a wholistic style of acupuncture to insert needles into you.

If you've had painful needling investigate further and find out if your practitioner has had extensive training and is able to perform a wholistic treatment with acupuncture?

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