How is dry needling any different than acupuncture?
Dry needling has a focus on stimulating specific trigger points within the body which are ultimately resulting in pain and disability. Additionally, with dry needling the needles are slowly inserted into the body and removed after a short period, whereas with acupuncture the needles are left in the body for some time. Dry needling is specifically designed to treat neuromuscular issues, with acupuncture being designed to address the flow of energy around the body and vital organs.
What can I expect?
We often have patients tell us that they’re scared of needles and therefore have not considered dry needling, however, you’ll be pleased to know that the needle used for dry needling is 10 times thinner than a regular needle.
When the needle is inserted it feels like a small twitch in the muscle. It’s been described as feeling like a slight ‘prick’ but is painless.
How many visits will I need?
We generally recommend 4 – 6 sessions in order to see positive and lasting results, however results can be seen in the first 24 hours after your dry needling session.
Common conditions that we have treated successfully with dry needling include the following;
- Plantar fasciitis
- Muscle sprain
- ITB syndrome
- Shin Splints
- Achilles tendonitis
- Joint dysfunction
- Forefoot pain i.e. Morton’s Neuroma
I’ve tried everything – is dry needling worth it?
Well, in many people’s opinions it is.
Personally, at Galleria Podiatry we have had very positive reactions from people who have had dry needling done. The results we have seen include a decrease in muscle pain, an increase in muscle function, and quicker recovery times from injury.
What can I expect after the treatment?
It is common to feel muscle soreness after the treatment where the needle has been inserted. It is recommended that you apply heat after the treatment rather than applying ice as heat will likely cause the redevelopment of these trigger points.