What is it?
Dry Needling is a western term for the insertion of a fine filament needle into a muscle in the region of a myofascial trigger point to relieve pain and muscle tension. Trigger points are hyper-irrritable, taut bands of muscle and these can cause the tissue to become shortened, tighten or spasm. This can cause postural and chronic pain problems.
Conditions that can be associated with trigger points are:
- Heel pain
- Ankle/leg pain including Achilles tendinopathy and Shin Splints
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
Dry needling can also be applied superficially in the skin for many chronic pain conditions such as osteoarthritis and peripheral neuropathy. The insertion of a needle into the skin is thought to stimulate a local inflammatory response, which ultimately interrupts the transmission of pain signals in the nerve, thus decreasing painful symptoms.
The skin is prepared with an alcohol wipe and the dry needles are inserted into areas identified by your Podiatrist. It is recommended to apply a heat pack after treatment to reduce any post-treatment discomfort.