Dry needling is a relatively painless way to relieve muscle tension and pain in the myofascial tissue. In conjunction with muscle strengthening, it is an effective way to rehabilitate and recover from many injuries and helps improve balance and lower-limb function. It is a treatment technique where sterile, single-use, fine acupuncture needles are inserted into the muscle to help reduce pain and improve function by releasing the inactive myofascial trigger point or tight bands of muscles around the body.
Dry Needling is a not the same as acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. The main difference between Dry Needling and acupuncture is the theory behind why the techniques work. Dry Needling is mainly focused on the reduction of pain and restoration of function through the release of myofascial trigger points in muscle. In comparison, acupuncture focuses on the treatment of medical conditions by restoring the flow of energy (Qi) through key points in the body (meridians) to restore balance.
Podiatrists can use Dry Needling techniques as an adjunct treatment modality when treating acute muscle injuries and spasms in your lower leg and feet. This treatment will aid in optimising your healing and recovery outcomes. The Podiatrists at Foot & Sole Podiatry are qualified to perform this technique and will advise you if you are a good candidate for this treatment modality as part of your management plan.