Dry needling has been around for centuries. It is a form of treatment that uses a “dry” sterile needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of overworked muscle, known as trigger points. Reducing the tightness in these trigger points often reduces pain and restores proper soft tissue function.
At this point we must stress that Dry Needling is different to Acupuncture. Dry needling attempts to release tension from knots and pressure points in muscles whereas acupuncture aims to release endorphins and aims to affect the nervous system.
Conditions we treat:
Plantar Fascial Pain
How does it work?
Dry needling is predominantly used for treatment of musculoskeletal conditions to release underlying muscle tightness. It is often used as an adjunct treatment to conditions. This means it’s often an additional treatment instead of the main treatment itself, but it can help to improve recovery times, amplify the essential treatment and lessen your pain.
It is also a very effective way to improve joint range of motion. Compared to the standard stretching and foam rolling, dry needling yields a much faster response. Often people can feel immediate differences, or a noticeable benefit in the next few days.
What to expect during and after a dry needling session
When the dry needling enters, some tingling and a twitch response are often generated. If you feel a twitch response in the muscle, it is a good sign. It means that the needle has released the tension in the trigger point thus making it less irritable. The podiatrist will end off the session with a massage, followed by taping the area (if required) and providing exercise prescriptions targeting your condition.
Following treatment, there may be some post-dry needling soreness. The soreness is similar to the feeling following a big workout at the gym. Depending on the individual, this soreness usually lasts 24 - 48hours. It is advisable to take a warm shower post-session to soothe the area. It is also strongly advisable not to perform any strenuous activities and to wait at least 24- 48 hours after your session.
Following any dry needling treatment, it is important to keep the muscles and area moving. Self-massage can be helpful to the area.
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