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Dry Needling

Dry needling is a form of treatment commonly used by podiatrists, myotherapists and physiotherapists for managing muscular tightness. Are you feeling tightness in your foot and leg muscles? Are you noticing muscle spasms? Do you experience Myofascial pain? If you are answering yes to these questions, dry needling treatment could be an option for you!

Dry needling which can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatment options for various musculoskeletal conditions such as: 

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Shin Splints
  • Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy 
  • Tibialis Anterior Tendinopathy 
  • Lateral leg pain
  • Calf tightness and cramping

What is it and how does it work?

Dry Needling is a method used to reduce pain by stimulating a neural response which therefore deactivates or removes a muscle trigger point. A trigger point is a taught or tight band of muscle which can feel quite tender, tight/restricted and achy. The trigger points can prevent musculoskeletal conditions from healing. Therefore, inserting a dry single use, sterile needle in to the muscle’s trigger point results in a local twitch response (hypercontraction) in the muscle. Dry needling allows the muscle to relax, which helps to improve function and decrease pain. 

Does it hurt?

The needles we use are extremely fine (almost like fishing line) and usually cause minimal discomfort when being inserted. Despite this, you may experience a little pinch and then a twitch response once the needle is advanced deeper into the muscle belly. It is common to experience no pain as well!

After your session you may notice the area can ache for 24 hours. Applying heat to the area is advised as it can increase blood flow and help reduce any stiffness. 

How often should I need Dry needling?

As podiatrists use a range of therapies for injury management, Dry Needling can for a part of your overall treatment. Usually patients will require 4 – 6 needling sessions to release the tension and decrease pain levels. This treatment is often implemented into a treatment plan to further aid the healing process.