Dry Needling

We are now providing dry needling techniques to help you manage your lower limb and foot pain.

Dry needling is a medically based form of acupuncture that is used to manage injuries and their symptoms by targeting the nervous system at localised myofascial trigger points.

When professionally administered, dry needling can release tension in the deepest muscles that massage is unable to reach. It is now used widely in sport medicine and when combined with joint mobilising techniques, can help you return more rapidly to your most functional movement without pain.

Podiatrists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain and improve range of motion.

What is a Trigger Point?

A trigger point or ‘knot’ is a localised taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can arise from injury or overuse of a muscle.  They may be tender to the touch, and may cause referred pain in other parts of the body.

Using needling techniques to target trigger points may provide a direct link to affect the nervous system to assist in reducing muscle tension, activating weak muscles and reducing joint pain.

What kind of needles are used?

Dry needling involves a very thin, sterile needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues. They do not cause excessive pain at application and sometimes cannot be felt at all. The needles are of different lengths, beneficial for targeting both deep and superficial muscles.

 

How is dry needling used?

The use of dry needling is usually performed as part of a larger management plan which may include  joint mobilisation, massage, stretching and exercises.

Your podiatrists will decide on the amount of dry needling to be utilised in the treatment plan. This is dependent on the exact diagnosis and also the effects that the muscular and nervous system are having on the healing of the injury.

What types of conditions can your podiatrist help with?

  • Hip and gluteal pain
  • Knee pain
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sciatic pain
  • Muscular strains/ligament sprains
  • Athletic performance