Dry needling, which is similar to acupuncture (but is not the same thing), is a powerful and effective treatment in the context of podiatry. Over the past few years, it’s use has grown in popularity and is generally considered a mainstream podiatric treatment for a range of different conditions.
Very fine, sterile, acupuncture needles are placed in various key trigger points in the soft tissue of the foot and lower leg, depending on the treatment. The effects can be immediate and remarkable, providing pain relief, and releasing muscle and nerve tension.
Dry needling is generally painless, but can vary from person to person, and treatment to treatment. Some people do feel a sharp “prick”, but often just a slight muscle “twitch” is felt when a needle is inserted. These responses are quite normal and a good sign the treatment is being effective. Tight muscle begins to relax at this point, providing pain relief and increased muscle mobility. It is not uncommon to have some residual “dull” localised pain after the treatment, which will go away by itself. It’s also recommended to keep hydrated during and after treatment.
Dry needling isn’t for everyone, and there are some medical “contraindications”, or circumstances where it may not be an appropriate treatment for you. If on the other hand, you’d like to find out more, or book a treatment, contact us here at Bull Creek Podiatry.