Dry needling is a form of alternative medicine. It involves the use of small, sterilized needles to relieve pain and relax muscles at specific trigger areas of the body. Choosing the proper dry needling supplies is essential for a safe and effective delivery of care. If you are a healthcare provider and you are incorporating dry needling into your practice, then here are some of the most important things to consider when choosing your supplies.
Quality and Sterility
As a healthcare provider, you should be responsible enough to ensure you never harm your patients or put their health at risk. You should not be the cause of spreading diseases. To do this, always ensure that you are only using sterile needles. As much as possible, only purchase dry needling supplies made of surgical-grade stainless steel. Thoroughly inspect the quality of the needles and its expiration dates printed on the box before using them.
Needle Size and Length
The size and length of the needle to use will depend on the part of the body you are working on. The type of treatment to be done should also be considered. Always have different needle sizes and lengths on hand. Remember that the size of the needle should be changed based on the part of the body that you are treating.
Know the Different Needle Types
There are different types of needles for dry needling. There are traditional needles, solid filiform needles, and semi permanent needles. Be familiar with the benefits and disadvantages of using each type. Choose to use only the ones that work best for you and your patients.
Dry Needling Guide Tubes
Needles are inserted into the skin using guide tubes. This way, it would ensure comfort for your patients and improved accuracy and precision for you. Make sure the guide tubes you buy are suitable for the needles you intend to use for dry needling.
This device is used to hold needles. It also makes it easier to move them around as you do your treatment. Pick holders that are easy to use and feel comfortable in your hands. Some holders have grips that can be adjusted to fit the users’ hands.
Skin Preparation Products
If you are not careful, infection can happen. And this can be avoided by ensuring that the skin is properly prepped before the treatment. Pick a mild yet efficient disinfectant to use on the patients’ skin. To ease your patients’ pain, apply a numbing lotion or spray before starting the treatment.
Proper equipment is essential for a safe and successful dry needling treatment. Quality and sterility should always come first when selecting medical equipment and the materials needed. Talk to other healthcare practitioners in your area that do dry needling treatment if you are just starting out.