Dry needling… What is it?…How does it work?… Will it hurt?…Is it the same as acupuncture? And What does dry needling have to do with Podiatry?
These are very common questions asked by our clients on a regular basis when dry needling is suggested as a treatment.
Well, I’m here to answer all of your questions…sit back, relax and read on!
So, what is Dry needling and how does it work?
Dry needling involves inserting an acupuncture needle into a trigger point in the muscle, commonly known as knots (we’ve all felt them!).
Don’t stress, these needles are incredibly thin and it is a relatively painless treatment!
The needle is inserted deep into the muscle where blood will begin to pool around the needle causing the muscle fibres to relax and flushing away the lactic acid.
The needle may sometimes cause a local twitch response which involves the muscle contracting and relaxing. Dry needling has many benefits and is often used to:
- help release myofascial trigger points (muscle knots);
- assist with pain management; and
- restore movement at a joint if it is inhibited by myofascial trigger points
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Will it hurt?
There may be some discomfort when the needle is inserted into the muscle and this will sometimes cause a pain referral to another part of your body. It is very common to experience an increased level of pain post treatment however as the muscle starts to relax over 6-24 hours the pain will decrease. Light stretching and increasing your intake of water can reduce symptoms you may experience post treatment.
Is dry needling the same as acupuncture?
Despite the obvious similarities to dry needling, acupuncture focuses on treatment of various medical conditions through restoring Qi which is the flow of energy through different meridians throughout the body. In contrast, dry needling focuses on treating specific areas of muscle tightness.
What has dry needling got to do with Podiatry?
Podiatry only does dry needling treatment on the lower limb compared to physio or remedial massage who do dry needling on the whole body. Dry needling can be used for many different lower limb musculoskeletal conditions such as plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinopathy, ankle sprains, tight calf muscles, peroneal tendinopathy and shin splints.
FNQ Health Co is now offering dry needling! If you’re experiencing foot or leg pain, don’t suffer any longer. Book your appointment today!