Dry needling (also known as Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy) is the western form of acupuncture whereby a sterile filament needle is inserted into a trigger point (skin and soft tissues below) or often called a muscular knot. The trigger points are identified by the podiatrist by using a number of techniques, including experiencing discomfort when the area is agitated or pressed and they often feel like a little lump in the muscle.
At Mint Foot Care we insert a very fine, sterile single use solid filament needle to cause a small, precise injury or “lesion” in the tissue when it enters the body. The tiny needle produces injury signals the brain uses to stimulate a sequence of events to replace or repair the damaged tissue with new, healthy tissue. Needling in a painful ‘trigger point’ or muscular knot frequently provokes a “twitch” response from the muscle. This is may feel painful or like a cramp for a few seconds. Once a “twitch” response has been elicited, the muscle fibres in that area relax, inflammation and pain are reduced, and range of motion and circulation improves.
Dry needling is used in conjunction with our orthotic therapy or part of an overall treatment plan. It is beneficial for the treatment of Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, ankle, arch and heel pain, shin splints, pain relief, to improve joint range of motion and flexibility, muscle strains, sprains, imbalances and tightness.