Dry Needling is an increasingly popular treatment method being used by a variety of practitioners including podiatrists and other Allied Health professionals.
Dry needling is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles and is often confused with the traditional Chinese medicine technique of acupuncture as both methods use the same sterile filament needles.
So, what is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture you may ask?
Acupuncture is a complimentary medical practice originating in China many years ago. It is based on the belief that health is determined by a balanced flow of chi, the vital life energy present in all living organisms. By inserting very fine needles at specific points, the practitioner can redirect and reposition the flow of energy (chi) for the purpose of relieving pain or to help treat various health conditions. (livescience.com)
Dry needling is a technique to treat myofascial trigger points (hyper-irritable, taut bands of muscle) causing shortening, tightening or spasm of the tissue, which can lead to postural and chronic pain problems. The American Physical Therapy Association defines dry needling as a technique used to treat dysfunctional skeletal muscle and connective tissue, minimise peripheral pain and improve structural or functional damage.
There are many conditions where podiatrists can use a dry needling technique. These include heel pain, ankle/leg pain, Achilles tendinopathy, shin splints, knee and hip pain, calf tightness and cramping, plantar fasciitis, neuromas as well as osteoarthritis and peripheral neuropathy.
To learn more about the Dry Needling technique or to book an appointment with Svetla, please call us on (02) 9680 3646.