Dry needling is a fantastic adjunctive treatment for lower leg injuries, pain and tightness.
Dry needling is used to target trigger points, commonly found in tight, sore and weak muscles that have formed knots. These tight knots can reduce the length of the muscle, which in turn reduces the mobility and functionality of the joints these muscles move. If high loads are placed on these tight muscles, it can lead to injury. Dry needling allows us to quickly and effectively release the tight, painful knots in your muscles. This allows your muscles to effectively lengthen and contract through their full range of motion, rather than a reduced range.
Once we identify these knots (trigger points), we insert sterile fine acupuncture needles into them for a short time to “work out the knot”.
This is a commonly asked question. Although they may physically look similar, there are a number of key differences that separate the two. Acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine, that uses points around the body to restore chi and balance, helping to relieve pain or discomfort.
Dry needling is based on Western medicine and is supported by evidence-based research to isolate and treat palpable trigger points. We use the same fine needles as acupuncture, however we target these muscular trigger points to release tension. This helps to restore the muscle to it's healthy functionality.
Common conditions we'll often use dry needling to help with include:
Dry Needling can be used as a conjunctive therapy to treat any musculoskeletal condition. This means it can be highly effective in healing your pain when paired with other primary treatments such as custom orthotics, strengthening and stretching exercises and Shockwave Therapy.
The needles are very fine and it is common that you will only feel mild discomfort. However, it is common that you may feel twitches along the muscle — this is a good thing and completely normal as it means that the needles are releasing that small knot.
It is rare to experience any major side effects from dry needling, however you may experience some mild side effects post treatment including:
We recommend discussing your medical history with one of our podiatrists before commencing treatment, as there are a number of conditions and lifestyle factors that may make you not suitable to receive dry needling.
These conditions include: