What is dry needling?
Dry needling uses acupuncture needles to break down the “knots“ in tight muscles. Its an effective and often less painful way to remove the tightness in muscles. A very thin needle is applied to the trigger point (knot) to release the tightest part of the muscle allowing more stretch with less pain.
What are trigger points?
Trigger points are essentially hyper-irritable “knots” within a muscle. They can cause an affected muscle to shorten, tighten, spasm and become weakened, as well as cause referred pain to other areas. They are often painful when touched and can impact daily living tasks, restrict range of motion and limit muscle function.
What causes trigger points to form?
- Muscle overuse
- Trauma / injury
- The way you walk and your posture
- Health conditions
- Physical & emotional stress
Examples in Podiatry:
- Pronated or ‘flat feet’
- Supinated or ‘high arch feet’
- Sprains and strains
- Corked or ‘pulled’ muscles
- Compensating in the way you walk
- Poor footwear
What is trigger point dry needling?
Trigger point dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic muscular pain, and
rehabilitation from injury. This form of therapy is not to be confused with acupuncture which is based on traditional Chinese Medicine. The aim of trigger point dry needling therapy is to insert
a sterile needle into the Trigger Point to release both pain and tight musculature, as well as stimulate a healing response. This in conjunction with massage and stretching can alleviate painful symptoms.
How does trigger point dry needling therapy feel?
Dependent on the area being treated, the needles do not always elicit the same sensation. It is
expected that you will feel a slight pricking sensation as the needle enters the skin. The needle itself is very fine and generally will be painless when inserted into a relaxed muscle. When the needle is inserted into a trigger point, it is expected that some people may feel a twitch, or tingling sensation
C.Q. Foot Clinic can provide Dry needling at our Rockhampton, Gladstone and Yeppoon offices Call us today for an appointment.