Dry Needling

Your foot bones make up a quarter of all the bones in your body!

What is dry needling?

Dry needling involves inserting extremely thin, sterile needles into myofascial trigger points. Commonly called knots (we’ve all felt them!), myofascial trigger points are found in muscles and fascia. People usually report experiencing tightness, localised pain and/or referred pain.

While the needles used for dry needling and acupuncture are the same, these treatment options are actually quite different. Acupuncture is a popular Traditional Chinese Medicine practice, which has been used for thousands of years. In acupuncture, needles are inserted into specific sites (acupuncture points) along the body’s meridians to clear energy blockages and facilitate the flow of qi (energy) through the individual. In dry needling, needles are inserted directly into myofascial trigger points to relieve tension, reduce pain and improve function. This technique is much more specific.

dry needling
needle in foot

Does dry needling hurt?

Nobody likes needles, we know. But the needles we use are so thin that you’ll barely even feel them. Some people don’t feel them at all! It’s not uncommon for people to feel so good after dry needling that they happily volunteer to be a human pincushion from then on. Dry needling is a great option for people with myofascial trigger points that are so sensitive they can’t tolerate massage.

Dry needling at Fairfield Podiatry

It should be noted that the benefits of dry needling are often short-lived. As a result, our experienced podiatrists will incorporate dry needling into a comprehensive treatment plan. Ryan and Jayde are our go-to team members for dry needling.