Dry Needling Perth – Morley Location

What is Dry Needling?

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Dry needling focuses on stimulating specific trigger points within the body which are ultimately resulting in pain and disability.

Dry needling is a technique used by physical therapists and other healthcare professionals to treat muscle pain and improve range of motion. During dry needling, a thin, sterile needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point—a point within a tight band of skeletal muscle that can produce pain when touched.

The purpose of dry needling is to stimulate the tissue, release the tight muscle bands, and decrease local and referred pain. Unlike acupuncture, which is based on traditional Chinese medicine and focuses on balancing the body’s energy flow or chi along meridians, dry needling is rooted in Western medicine principles and is primarily aimed at treating musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. The mechanism behind dry needling involves the needle causing a small lesion within the tissue, which can lead to a healing response and a reduction in muscle tension and pain. This technique can be used for a variety of conditions, including back pain, neck pain, sports injuries, muscle spasms, and fibromyalgia, among others.

It’s important to note that while dry needling can be effective for many patients, it may not be suitable for everyone. Patients should consult with a healthcare professional to determine if dry needling is an appropriate treatment for their specific condition.

How can patients with foot or ankle pain benefit from dry needling?

Patients with foot or ankle pain can benefit from dry needling in several ways, as this technique can help address various conditions affecting these areas by targeting muscular tension, trigger points, and connective tissues that contribute to pain and dysfunction. Here’s how dry needling can be beneficial:

  • Reducing Muscle Tension: Foot and ankle pain is often associated with tight muscles and trigger points in the lower leg, foot, and other related areas. Dry needling can help release these tight muscles, thereby reducing pain and improving mobility.
  • Improving Blood Flow: By stimulating blood circulation to the targeted areas, dry needling can enhance the healing process, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the injured tissues and promoting recovery.
  • Decreasing Inflammation: The process of inserting needles into trigger points can lead to a local inflammatory response, which is part of the body’s natural healing process. This can help reduce chronic inflammation that contributes to pain.
  • Enhancing Range of Motion: Foot and ankle pain can limit movement due to stiffness and discomfort. By relieving muscle tension and pain, dry needling can help improve the range of motion, making it easier for patients to walk, run, and perform daily activities.
  • Pain Management: Dry needling can directly impact the way the body perceives pain by interacting with the nervous system. It can help modulate pain and provide relief from chronic conditions like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy, and ankle sprains.
  • Supporting Rehabilitation: When combined with other physical therapy interventions such as exercises, manual therapy, and stretching dry needling can enhance the rehabilitation process, helping patients recover more quickly and effectively from foot and ankle injuries.
  • Preventing Recurrences: By addressing the underlying muscle imbalances and trigger points that contribute to foot and ankle pain, dry needling can help prevent future recurrences of pain or injury.

It’s important for patients to receive dry needling from a qualified and trained healthcare professional who can accurately assess their condition and determine the most appropriate treatment sites. Additionally, dry needling is often most effective when used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that may include physical therapy, exercise, and other modalities tailored to the patient’s specific needs.

Common conditions that we have treated successfully with dry needling include the following:

Dry Needling in the Calf Area for Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis

Dry needling can target the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles in the calf area, offering significant relief for those suffering from calf pain, cramping during physical activities, or even during prolonged periods of sitting. This method is not only beneficial for addressing generalised discomfort but is also effective for conditions like Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. The connection between these conditions and the calf muscles lies in the fact that tension within the gastrocnemius and soleus can impact the Achilles tendon, which in turn affects the calcaneus at the bottom of the foot.

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Dry needling is not the same as acupuncture and is rooted in Western medicine to treat musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions.

Identifying Target Areas for Dry Needling

The process begins with a careful examination of the calf area to identify hypertonic tissue, tension, or trigger points. Trigger points can develop anywhere in the muscle but are often found near muscular junctions. In the gastrocnemius muscle, tension is commonly present in the lateral head, with a notable trigger point situated between the two heads of the muscle. Similarly, the soleus muscle frequently harbours a trigger point in its middle section and in both the medial and lateral heads that lie beneath the gastrocnemius.

The Dry Needling Procedure

Once the areas of tension have been identified through palpation, the practitioner prepares to insert needles. Sterilising the area is a crucial first step, followed by the use of 25-millimetre needles chosen based on the size of the muscle tissue being treated. The needles are inserted into the identified trigger points and areas of tension using a guided technique to ensure sterility and precision.

The insertion points typically include the common trigger point in the gastrocnemius, the central point of the soleus, and areas of tension in the lateral parts of the tissue. The practitioner may adjust the angle of the needle to align with the muscle fibres, enhancing the treatment’s effectiveness.

Enhancing the Healing Process

After the needles are securely in place, the practitioner may employ several activation methods to stimulate the area further. These methods include flicking, turning, and peppering the needles to encourage a twitch response in the muscle fibres. Such stimulation can lead to rapid depolarisation, promoting relaxation and reducing hypertonicity in the tissue.

The Benefits

Dry needling in the calf region can significantly aid in alleviating symptoms associated with conditions like Achilles tendonitis or strain and plantar fasciitis, often resulting from calf tension. By increasing localised blood flow, the technique brings nutrients and oxygen to the tissue, facilitating the healing process and providing relief from cramping and pain.

This comprehensive approach to treating calf pain through dry needling highlights its effectiveness in reducing muscle tissue hypertonicity and addressing conditions that stem from tension in the calf area. With its focus on specific trigger points and areas of tension, dry needling offers a targeted solution for those seeking relief from calf discomfort and related conditions.

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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. See Rachel Lange performing dry needling in our Perth clinic.

Dry needling focuses on stimulating specific trigger points within the body, which ultimately results 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 designed to address energy flow around the body and vital organs.

When the needle is inserted into the skin and muscle, some patients may feel a slight prick similar to a pinprick. The most significant sensation, known as the "twitch response," occurs when the needle reaches a trigger point. This response can feel like a quick muscle cramp or twitch and is often described as a surprising or strange sensation rather than painful. Following the treatment, it's common for the area that was needed to feel sore, similar to the soreness felt after an intense workout. This soreness typically lasts for a day or two. Healthcare professionals trained in dry needling use techniques to minimise discomfort, and many patients find that the benefits of reduced pain and improved function outweigh any temporary discomfort experienced during the procedure. Patients are encouraged to communicate with their practitioner about any concerns or discomfort they may experience during the treatment to adjust the technique as needed.

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.

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.

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