What is Dry Needling?

Can it be helpful in treating your lower limb symptoms? 

Do you ever experience tightness within the muscles in your lower limb? Perhaps painful ‘knots’ that just do not go away no matter how much stretching you do? The podiatrists at The Forest Podiatry may have the answer for you.

What is Dry Needling?
The practice of dry needling involves inserting an acupuncture needle into a trigger point and is typically used to treat the pain associated with injuries. A trigger point is a hypersensitive  tender spot in a tight band of muscle, tendon or connective tissue which causes pain when pressed or squeezed.  Dry needling works by promoting blood flow to a certain area, while breaking down scar tissue formation and adhesions within muscles, tendons and ligaments therefore promoting repair.

What can it help with?
Dry Needling can be used to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions including:
Muscle tightness or ‘pulled muscles’ in the lower limb and feet
Soft tissue sporting injuries
Plantar fasciitis
Achilles tendinopathy
Peroneal tendonitis
Arch/Heel pain
Shin splints
Lower leg muscle cramps
Muscle strain and reduced range of motion

What does it feel like?
The process of dry needling involves a solid filament needle being gently inserted into the painful part of the muscle (the trigger point) so as to relax or release it, with the aim of permanently reducing the associated pain and discomfort and restoring the imbalances caused by the muscle feeling taut and contracted.

Inserting a needle into the trigger point creates what is known as a twitch response- a feeling that is not dissimilar to a cramp.  This indicates the muscle is having a healing response to the stimulus and the chemical imbalance that created the trigger point in the soft tissue is being rectified. The twitch response decreases the tension within the soft tissue being treated enabling normal function to be resumed.

If you would like to find out some more information if Dry Needling can be effective in the treatment of your lower limb pain and discomfort please visit The Forest Podiatry website www.forestpodiatry.com.au and click on ‘Make an Appointment.  Or call The Forest Podiatry on 9452 4433.

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