Dry Needling is a Western therapy where your Podiatrist will insert fine needles into the muscle belly. You’ll be glad to hear you don’t often feel them going in!
The dry needles are inserted into trigger points which are essentially “knots” or spasms in the muscle. These areas can contribute to pain locally within the muscle, as well as referred pain causing dysfunction.
By targeting these trigger points, the nervous system generates a relaxation response, which improves muscle quality as well as reduces pain. This allows us to work on proper rehabilitation and strengthening with less discomfort.
What are the benefits of Dry Needling?
When performed by an experienced practitioner, dry needling can have numerous health benefits including:
- Relaxing taut bands of muscle fibres (myofascial trigger points)
- Decreasing pain and reliance on pain medications
- Improving muscle function and performance
- Improving joint range and flexibility
Common conditions that can benefit from dry needling include, but are not limited to:
- Calf and leg pain
- Heel pain/ plantar fascia pain
- Achilles tendinopathy/tendonitis
- Shin splints
- Mortons neuroma
- Cuboid syndrome
- Foot pain
Although it may sound scary, dry needling is relatively pain free! Most patients do not feel the needles while they are in and they claim that dry needling is far more tolerable than deep tissue massage.
Dry needling may elicit a local twitch response in the muscle which may result in a very brief bout of pain. There is a therapeutic benefit to these local twitch responses and because of this they are considered a desirable reaction.
Dry Needling vs Acupuncture
Dry needling and acupuncture are not the same thing. Podiatrist’s at Pod Fit are not acupuncturists.
Dry needling is based on western medicine principles and is increasingly used in the management of musculoskeletal and sports injuries.
Acupuncture in contrast, is the needling of points on meridians in the body and flow of energy.
Contact us now for a session of Dry Needling