As with any medical procedure, the practice of dry needling acupuncture always entails some risk. Clinicians should be aware of this possibility and be well prepared for it in treating patients, beginning with the first session.
There are two kinds of safety issues in clinical practice: adverse reactions immediately after each treatment and the potential risk of each individual needling. Fortunately, any well-trained and careful clinician can bring the full benefit of dry needling therapy to the patient with minimal risk.
The research on safety issues in the field of dry needling is currently very limited, and the author used acupuncture literature that is applicable to dry needling practice.
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