Dry Needling? Oh, you mean Acupuncture?
By Gordon Lazarte
Well…not really! Dry Needling is not the same as acupuncture. So, is it an effective treatment? What is it? And why do podiatrists use it when treating an injury? And is it right for me? Well this article will help explain.
Acupuncture treatment involves the use of specific needles in targeting acupuncture points along the meridians (energy pathways) of the body. Basically, acupuncture needles are inserted to very specific and superficial parts of the body. It is believed by targeting these points, nerves are stimulated and energy is redistributed throughout the body, resulting in improved body functions.
In contrast, Dry Needling is believed to be influenced by the traditional Chinese procedure and involves similar techniques. Fine acupuncture needles are used to stimulate and treat musculoskeletal disorders of the body.
Instead of targeting acupuncture points, Dry Needling targets “myofascial trigger points”. Think of a small, very taut and tender ball shaped lump within your muscle! Dry Needling involves targeting these “trigger points” which release and relieve the tension within that muscle.
What Are The Benefits Of Dry Needling?
There are several different way Dry Needling can benefit you.
Dry Needling, has a positive therapeutic effect on injured or strained muscles, but can also improve body functions.
The insertion of the fine needle within the muscle also results in the release of chemicals within the body. These chemicals are responsible for blocking pain messages going from the muscle to the brain.
Dry Needling can seem to be an intimidating procedure, however it’s not! Our podiatrists are all well experienced and trained in Dry Needling the lower limb and will be able to assess the specific need and requirement for your body and injury.
It can be an enjoyable experience that can bring relaxation and restore function to specific parts of your body!
What Type Of Injuries Can Dry Needling Treat?
Dry Needling can treat many different musculoskeletal injuries. Many of our athletes like to use Dry Needling as pre & post sporting activity treatment for both muscle preparation and muscle repair. Dry Needling can treat injuries such as:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Heel Pain / Plantar Fasciitis
- Ankle Pain & Injury & Instability
- Foot Pain
- Shin Splints
- Knee Pain & Instability
- Muscle Dysfunction
- Muscle Fatigue & Injury
- Hamstring Pain
- Gluteal Pain & Instability
- Active Feet Pain & Injuries
*****Dry Needling is only performed after a thorough assessment (Biomechanical Assessment) to assess if this type of treatment is right for you*****
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Article by: Gordon Lazarte
BHSc MPod MAPodA