Dry Needling has vastly gained popularity due to the benefits received in loosening muscles, relieving knots, reducing pain and increasing mobility. It has become a go to treatment for many practitioners and is frequently requested by clients.
If Dry needling is new to you here is some more information.
While the treatment takes away a lot of physical pain, it also creates single use plastic waste.
We are well aware of the environmental dangers caused by plastic. Thankfully there are many great initiatives in place to reduce plastic and change our plastic use habits.
Left 5 dry needles in their packaging
Right Waste packaging from a dry needle treatment using 5 needles
Why is plastic used in dry needling?
There are a few variations on how needles are packaged although they all require plastic. This is essential to ensure sterility of the needle which keeps the treatment safe.
Where is the plastic?
Every needle is pre-packaged in a plastic guide tube similar to a straw, designed to prevent the needle having any contact with the therapists’ hands before insertion. This is then packaged in an individual blister pack to ensure sterility.
The tips of the needles can be made of plastic or metal. Needles with metal tips do have additional plastic to hold them into place in the guide tube.
Is there an alternative?
Currently there is no plastic free alternative when it comes to dry needling.
What can we do?
As so many people benefit from this treatment we have decided to continue offering dry needling in remedial massage sessions to those who choose this option.
In order to balance the environmental impact, we will implement a surcharge to offset the plastic use through social plastic and plastic bank.
As of June 1st, we will implement a surcharge of $2.50 for dry needling when included in remedial massage treatments.
100% of this surcharge will be donated to plastic offsetting through social plastic and plastic bank.
What is Social Plastic and How does Plastic Bank Work?
Plastic bank works through paying impoverished people to collect discarded plastics before they enter the ocean. This collected plastic is then recycled into social plastic and reused by companies who use social plastic. This creates a win-win for the oceans, marine life and many people in coastal areas.
To learn more about, donate or to keep up to date with plastic bank click here.
Thank you for your support in this, I believe it is important to create better health for the environment as well as our physical bodies. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.
Diploma of Remedial Massage.