Dry needling is an effective treatment used to treat musculoskeletal pain. Once musculoskeletal pain becomes chronic, it is often associated with tender ‘trigger’ points usually situated in the muscle belly, muscle insertion, muscle-tendon junction or fascia; and are exquisitely tender to mechanical stimulation. Trigger points cause the muscles to become shorter and weaker, and as a result restrict movement in the joints as well.
The benefits of dry needling include:
- Pain relief
- Increase muscle length
- Improve muscle recruitment / firing pattern
- Often less painful than massage therapy
- Improves sleep and relaxation
Dry needling is often used in conjunction with other treatments. It is important to release trigger points, reduce pain and improve range of motion, but then it is also important to strengthen the affected area to reduce the likelihood of the pain returning.
Common symptoms that benefit from dry needling include:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Forefoot pain (Morton’s Neuroma, intermetatarsal bursitis, Capsulitis)
- Calf strain
- Shin pain
- Achilles tendon pain
- Post-ankle sprain