Some muscles like the piston technique and others do better with the current, or electrical stimulation (estim).
Is dry needling painful?
Dry needling is no more painful than getting the same area massaged. One way to reduce soreness or pain with the treatment is to use a smaller needle. Cornerstone consistently uses smaller diameter needles to improve your comfort. We have found over years of treating that reducing the size or thickness of the needle reduced ~80% of post-treatment soreness.
Cornerstone consistently uses smaller diameter needles to improve your comfort.
How safe is dry needling?
Overall dry needling is very safe. The safety of dry needling is fully the responsibility of the practitioner doing the treatment. The better trained and more experienced practitioners typically treat a larger range of muscles and are usually quicker and less painful. The good news is that dry needling can be very effective no matter what the experience. A good rule to follow is if it is very painful or sore, or not working, this could be related to how bad the trigger point is but also a need to try a different part of the muscle.
If it is sore for days following or very painful
– don’t give up on dry needling –
try a different approach
You can also improve the safety of dry needling as well as its effectiveness by using diagnostic ultrasound.
Check out this video on dry needling and ultrasound.