What is dry needling?

Dry needling is a treatment modality that involves inserting small needles about thickness of a hair into various muscles and trigger points in the lower limb. This is similar to acupuncture however dry needling focuses on trigger point release.

What is it used for?

This treatment is utilised for foot conditions resulting from contracted or tight muscles, neurological conditions, arthritis pain management and also soft tissue inflammation. It is a therapy that is used in conjunction with stretching and exercise.

Is it painful?

Usually it is not painful, as the needle is inserted you may feel a sharp scratch on the skin however that sensation subsides immediately.

How long does it take and how many sessions would I need?

Usually a session takes approximately 20-40 mins, where needles are inserted, the patient is then able to relax on the treatment chair while the needles activate trigger points. Typically on average 4-6 sessions every 2-4 weeks.

How will I know if it is working?

Initially following the session your muscles will feel fatigued or tired, this is normal and expected. We ask all patients to go home, have a glass of water and rest. Results typically are noticed within 2 weeks depending on frequency of sessions.

Do all podiatrists conduct dry needling?

Dry needling is a specialised practice, it involves training courses, logged hours and achieving competencies to practice. Our podiatrists have trained extensively to ensure they have maintained the up-to-date methods of dry needling.

I would like to have a session of dry needling, what do I do next?

Great choice! Just give our clinic a call or send an email. We conduct a thorough assessment and medical history prior to any treatments to ensure each and every patient has been assessed and deemed suitable for dry needling. Our podiatrists will provide you with education and are happy to answer any questions you may have.