Dry needling is a treatment technique that releases tight muscles and trigger points that are causing localised or referred pain.
When a dry needle is applied to these areas it causes a small twitch response of the muscle fibres. This allows the muscle to relax, improve function, reduce pain and decrease risk of musculoskeletal injury.
Dry needling is minimally invasive and virtually pain free as the needles are extremely thin. You may feel a slight tweak as the muscles respond to the needle initially but this will settle within seconds. The needles are left in place for 5-10 minutes to allow for optimal results.
Benefits of dry needling:
- Relieves pain
- Decreases muscle tightness
- Improves muscle function
- Speeds up recovery
Conditions dry needling can help with:
- Plantar fasciopathy (fasciitis)
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Muscle strains
- Peroneal tendinopathy
- Shin splints