Dry Needling and Super Responders

Today, I'm going to tell you about a specific group of people. For this group, dry needling can be spectacularly effective.

But if needling is done in the wrong way, it can be quite harmful to them.

So - who is this group?

I call them the super responders.

As you do more treating of triggers, you'll start to recognise this group quite quickly.

They're the ones who are very sensitive and reactive. When your needle reaches the trigger, you get a massive twitch response from the muscle.

They have a very low pain threshold when it comes to their trigger points, and feel the thin acupuncture needle very keenly.

Now, when I'm treating a person who isn't a super responder, I usually leave the needles in for 5-10 minutes.

And, lying on my treatment bed, patients often drift off into a pleasant relaxing semi-trance - or even fall asleep.

If I was to do this with a super responder, it would be a catastrophe.

You see, putting in a 5-10 needles, and leaving them in for many minutes, would blow them out the water.

Because when you put needles into a super responder, they get a massive response.

An autonomic response.

They'll often feel light headed, break out in a cold sweat, feel nautious and awful.

And treating them like a normal trigger point patient could flare their triggers and make them worse.

However, if you treat super responders in a specific way, the results can be outstanding. When I see that someone is likely to be a super
responder, I use a Korean technique.

It involves introducing the needles and then taking them out - almost immediately.

And instead of putting a needle into every active trigger point, I just do the primary trigger points.

You need to needle just 2-3 trigger points - maximum.

So I spend quite a while working out by touch and patient feedback which are the 2-3 most important points.

With a super responder, less is better.

And over the years I've found that if you treat them in this particular way - they do wonderfully well.

So step one - you need to recognise when you're dealing with a super responder,

And step two, you need to needle only the 2-3 most important trigger points, and withdraw the needles almost immediately.

Again, this is just part of the picture when it comes to dry needling trigger points.

Tomorrow I'm going to tell you a story. This one's a little more unfortunate, but I think it's important for you to know about this hidden danger.

Especially since you may be headed that way yourself - without even being aware of it.