Dry needling is a form of alternative medicine that is similar to acupuncture. It differs in the reasoning behind their effectiveness. Acupuncture is based on the flow of qi and restoring that flow. Dry needling works by stimulating muscles where they hurt.
Dry needling was developed in the 1980s based on traditional Chinese acupuncture. It stimulates muscle knots, also known as trigger points. There are two main theories as to why it works; regeneration or local twitch response. The regeneration theory is based on the thinking that inserting small needles will cause small incisions that stimulate tissue repair. The local twitch response is based on the thinking that inserting small needles will cause an involuntary contraction of a muscle band, triggering a chemical response that has a pain relieving effect.
Working with sharp needles and a client is a risky procedure regardless of the situation. Insurance can help. Professional liability insurance and general liability insurance are both recommended for this industry. Professional liability insurance will cover claims involving negligent mistakes and malpractice. While general liability insurance will cover claims involving physical damage. Insurance is paramount when you are dealing with healthcare, acting as a safety net should any unforeseen accidents happen.
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