Dry Needling

At Glad Feet Podiatry we are proud to add to our growing skills by introducing a new service called Dry Needling.

What is Dry needling?

Myofascial trigger points are sensitive areas which can occur in tight muscles. These spots are painful when compressed and can cause nerve related pain and tenderness.
Dry needling involves the use of small hollow needles which are placed into the muscle where a trigger point is present. This aims to reduce the painful symptoms by activating a twitch response providing relief from the tight muscle.

How does it work?

The stimulation achieved in the fibres of the trigger points lead to a widening of blood vessels. This can cause a ‘wash out effect’, reducing the concentration of pain inducing chemicals.
Dry needling can also produce an inflammatory effect, which may making the healing process faster.

Types of conditions that can be treated:

Dry needling is used to treat a range of conditions in the lower limb including:

Heel Pain and Plantar fasciitis
Shin Splints
Achilles Tendonitis
Calf pain
Pain in the forefoot
How often should the treatment take place?

The treatment regimen recommended is once a week for six weeks. Each consultation consists of 2-6 needles which are placed in the muscle for 5-10 minutes each.

If you would like to know more about this exciting new service please contact Glad Feet Podiatry on (03) 90773239.

Link to study: http://ptjournal.apta.org/content/94/8/1083.short
Cotchett, M. P., Munteanu, S. E., & Landorf, K. B. (2014). Effectiveness of trigger point dry needling for plantar heel pain: a randomized controlled trial. Physical therapy, 94(8), 1083-1094.

Gerber, N. L., Sikdar, S., Hammond, J., & Shah, J. (2011). A brief overview and update of myofascial pain syndrome and myofascial trigger points. Journal of The Spinal Research Foundation SPRING, 6(1).

Shah, J. P., & Gilliams, E. A. (2008). Uncovering the biochemical milieu of myofascial trigger points using in vivo microdialysis: an application of muscle pain concepts to myofascial pain syndrome. Journal of bodywork and movement therapies, 12(4), 371-384.