Dry needling

Dry needling is an evidence-based treatment method that involves the use of fine, sterile needles to release the myofascial trigger points or “knots” in the muscle to relieve pain and reduce muscle tension.

These hard muscle knots can be extremely painful and can cause pain over a large area, which makes it difficult for patients to perform their everyday activities.

During the dry needling process, thin needles are pushed through the skin to target the tight, painful muscles through electrical stimulation. At PoshPod, we use dry needling as a singular or adjunct therapy to treat:

Achilles pain

Heel pain

Ankle swelling

Runner’s knee

Shin splints

Hip / glute pain

What to know about Dry Needling

What’s the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

Whilst Dry Needling and Acupuncture use the same needles, the principles on which they are based are different. Dry Needling is focused on pain reduction through the release of myofascial trigger points or knots in a particular muscle. Trigger points are typically caused by:

  • Injury
  • Quick, unexpected movements
  • Increase in training levels
  • Prolonged poor posture
  • Acupuncture works by treating medical conditions by restoring the balance to the body through key points in the body known as meridian lines.
What does Dry Needling feel like?

When the needle is inserted into a trigger point, you will feel a dull ache or muscle cramp. This is essentially caused by the muscle “grabbing” onto the needle. This feeling disappears slowly as the muscle relaxes and loosens.

How many sessions will I need?

The number of sessions will depend on the severity of the presenting complaint and how the tissue responds. The effects of Dry Needling are progressive, therefore you will typically need 3 to 5 treatments every 1 to 2 weeks.

Are there any restrictions after treatment?

As with most soft tissue therapy, you may experience soreness in the area being treated, so it is recommended to avoid physical activity for 24 to 48 hours after treatment.

Do you have more questions?