Dry needling involves the use of short, sterile, stainless steel needles which are inserted into painful trigger points, in our muscles. This therapy increases blood flow to the immediate area, to release these irritable trigger points. It acts to improve the muscle’s action and efficiency, and relieves muscle stiffness and pain.
During a dry needling consultation, you may experience a sting when the needle is inserted into the leg/foot. This discomfort is momentary. You may also feel a muscle twitch when the needle is inserted into a myofascial trigger point. Dry needling has been used for centuries to relieve tension in overworked or tight muscles. Myofascial trigger points are also felt as “knots.” These points can be found in muscles and fascia (deep band of connective tissue).
At TDP, we often use this as an adjunct to treat the following:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Plantar heel pain
- Tight Calves
- Anterior leg pain
- Achilles tendinopathy