Dry Needling is an evidence based, effective and fast treatment for musculoskeletal pain, focusing on releasing myofasical trigger points or ‘knots’ in a muscle. At Poshoglian Podiatry we use dry needling as a singular or adjunct therapy to treat:

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  • Achilles pain

  • Heel pain

  • Ankle swelling

  • Runner’s knee

  • Shin splints

  • Hip/ Glute pain

Treatment involves the insertion of a thin, sterile acupuncture needle into the trigger points of tight or injured muscles.

FAQS

What’s the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

Whilst Dry Needling and Acupuncture use the same needles, the principles on which they are based are different. Dry Needling is focused on pain reduction through the release of myofascial trigger points or knots in a particular muscle. Trigger points are caused can be caused by:

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  • Injury

  • Quick, unexpected movements

  • Increase in training levels

  • Prolonged poor postures

In comparison Acupuncture works by treating medical conditions by restoring the balance to the body through key points in the body (meridian lines).

What does Dry Needling feel like?

When the needle is inserted into a trigger point you will fell an odd sensation- a dull ache or muscle cramp caused by the muscle ‘grabbing’ onto the needle. This feeling disappears slowly as the muscle relaxes and releases.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions will depend on the severity of the presenting complaint and how the tissue responds. The effects of Dry Needling are progressive, therefore you will typically need 3-5 treatments every 1-2 weeks.

Are there any restrictions after treatment?

As with most soft tissue therapy, some soreness may be experienced in the area being treated, it is recommend to avoid physical activity for 24 to 48 hours after treatment.