I want to talk about how you, the client can turn a negative into a positive. There seems to be a stigma around Dry Needling at the moment and I say above “The Ripple Effect” because I’ll explain thoroughly why I call it that. Think of it this way. If you close your eyes in a quiet space and think of throwing a pebble into a pond and it bounces and bounces and skims across the water and you can see it creating ripples upon ripples through the still water in the pond or lake, that’s how I want you to picture this throughout this article. It seems as though one bad experience of dry needling gets told to a friend or a family member… Now think of that as the first pebble being thrown into the still pond water… still picturing it??... Good! As that first pebble hits the water think of that as the first word of mouth that gets told to a friend or family member... and then Plonk! The Pebble has skimmed across the water again creating another ripple in the water… This is another friend or family member creating yet another ripple in our quiet still pond and so on it goes. Do you understand what I’m saying now? Yes? Great!! If not, keep on reading because your question/s may be answered further on. BOOM! Questioning! The main thing that I’m picking up on at the moment is client’s don’t seem to ask many questions as to what is happening during the treatment, granted yes Dry Needling can be painful and some client’s like to try and zone out to try and let their body relax. That’s all good and well and totally understandable and the Therapist who is Dry Needling you should be able to see in your body language just how you’re feeling and that’s why we, the Dry Needling Specialists should know when to ask the questions and what to ask them about. As the Therapist asks YOU, the client what they’re feeling and if the pain is referring to the spot of injury or soreness or possibly somewhere else. I find that 90% of people don’t really ask the big questions why Is the Dry Needling Specialist doing what they’re doing, why are they needling here, why is this hurting, why is there a referral pattern of pain, and when the treatment is all said and done and the therapist tells the client the correct method to feel better eg heat, hydration, rest, stretches, you, the client may go home and feel like your body or body part that has been worked on is heavy or sore or painful and think geez I don’t want to get that done again! That hurt! I’m going to go and…. AHA! The Ripple Effect begins. Ask the big questions, don’t think they’re silly or feel embarrassed to ask a question, sometimes the most simple of questions can give you the most satisfying answer and reassure you of what is being done. I truly believe that being reassured of… well.. just about anything really throughout your treatment can change a client’s outlook on Dry Needling. A simple question of hey, is this going to hurt after you move this needle in that spot can make the world of difference… and I say this because most of the time the answer will be yes, but it will probably be a feeling that you have never felt before. It’s a dullness, it’s a heavy feeling that you know will be there but you should still be able to do your day to day jobs without that dull heaviness stopping you! Does this reassure you that Dry Needling is a positive modality and treatment?
NO?? Okay… This is where the ripple effect kicks in. Unfortunately at some point in our lives we have all had one bad experience that makes us not want to go through that again. However, Giving Dry Needling a try with someone else could be a fantastic option instead of picking up that first pebble and throwing it and starting The Ripple Effect. Look into your treatment, Look into someone who is Qualified and look for someone with a good reputation. Find someone who is thorough and who will spend that extra 5 or 10 minutes with you or who is happy for you to call them 2 or 3 days after a treatment and ask a question about how you’re feeling and why. Again, Questions! Questions, Questions, Questions!! Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Dry Needling is a Fantastic modality to alleviate pain, soreness, aches, headaches, even stress! After a treatment you may feel like the weight of the world has been taken off your shoulders and feel amazing! Please, all that I ask after this article is that you give it a go, because even I was a sceptic at the beginning when I first started my study in the Allied Health field. But after being taught correctly and having it done myself, I can say from experience that if done correctly, Dry Needling is one of the greatest forms of treatment that you can have. Please, I urge you to try it, I know it may not be for everyone and if after this article you’re still saying no to getting Dry Needling done, then that’s fine, that’s totally up to you. But think about The Ripple Effect and how it can affect the Therapist as well. We do years of study to get to where we are, and the one’s that go on to be successful are often the ones that have studied their butts off and have had a Positive Ripple Effect because of fantastic clients just like you who are reading this right now! Give it a go!
Sam Robinson – Remedial Massage Therapist & Dry Needling Specialist