Dry Needling: Why you need a plan?

Dry Needling: Why you need a plan? Dry Needling is no different from any other therapy or indeed any other goal.

Dry Needling is just like massage, rehab exercises, mobilisation, ultrasound, laser therapy, strapping or stretching. Every Dry Needling session needs to have a goal, a purpose within a well defined plan.

This plan is called a Recommended Management Plan (RMP). The RMP is the most useful tool you can have treating patients. Without it you can get into all sorts of trouble. Trouble with your patients, regulatory bodies (AHPRA, TAC, WorkCover), the private health funds and even your peers.

The plan needs to answer 3 different questions:

  1. What’s my diagnosis?
  2. What’s my treatment going to be?
  3. How long will I treat this patient for?
Your patient has the right to know the answers to these questions & if they were asking you these questions, this is what they’d say:
  1. What’s wrong with me?
  2. What are you going to do about it?
  3. How long will it take to get better?
It’s as simple as that. Answer these questions & you have a RMP.

The plan can be a written one that’s discussed with your new patients and then given to them as a record of what was agreed & it can be a verbal one at the beginning of every treatment.

Every treatment should have a mini RMP. Tell them what you’ve found in terms of trigger points, tell them what you’re going to do about it (Dry Needling) & tell them how long you’ll leave the needles in for. You should also tell them why you’re needling the area and what you are expecting post needling.

For more information about the RMP and how to manage patients please refer to my Complete Consultation Program which is a 2 hour online Business Coaching Program for all health practitioners. For just $29 you can learn from my 27 years experience & giving over 60,000 treatments. Try our Free Trial now.

Dr Wayne W Mahmoud
Director 
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