Is dry needling safe?
Yes. When performed by a trained and licenced health care professional like the team at Pinnacle, dry needling is a safe and effective treatment for muscle injuries.
Some patients may experience slight pain, bruising, and even some bleeding as the needle is removed from the skin. These are all common effects and are known by-product of effective dry needling treatment – patients should not be concerned if they experience any of these.
How is dry needling different to acupuncture?
Dry needling and acupuncture both use fine needles to stimulate “trigger points” within the muscle. There are some important differences that are worth noting. Dry needling is based on western understandings of medicine and is used to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. Conversely, acupuncture is based on anecdotal evidence and can be a bit more subjective in the value of its application. If you have tried acupuncture in the past and experienced limited results, it’s important to note that dry needling is a vastly different treatment and can be highly effective in releasing pain points within the muscles.
Does dry needling hurt?
Dry needling can cause some discomfort during treatment and some muscle pain after the treatment has finished. In general, most patients experience very mild discomfort and the positive effects will outweigh the minimally invasive discomfort that is experienced during treatment.
What Can Dry Needling Help With?
We generally use and recommend it for chronic and acute pain symptoms, such as:
- Running and sporting injuries
- Calf pain and tightness
- Shin pain
- Achilles pain
- Foot pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Knee pain
- Leg pain
- Chronic pain
- Acute pain
However, trigger point therapy can be used to treat and manage a wide range of injuries and concerns.
How Does Trigger Point Dry Needling Therapy Work?
Dry needling has been around for a very long time and despite much research, is still not fully understood how it actually works. In fact, many improperly associate dry needling with traditional Chinese medicine. It’s generally accepted that it works to release myofascial trigger points or ‘knots’ within a muscle. Sterile acupuncture needles are used directly in the affected muscles, working locally to release muscle tension and myofascial trigger points.
Sydney dry needling services may be used in a wide range of circumstances. Whether you’re dealing with myofascial pain, muscle pain, chronic pain or any other ongoing injury or discomfort, the insertion of the needle will encourage a twitch response in the muscle. Once the needle is inserted, the twitch response can often be seen by the podiatrist, and felt by the patient. Patients may experience a cramping sensation, others experience the same amount of pain as a remedial massage, some feel a tiny zap as the needle is inserted – it is not an overly invasive procedure. Dry needling allows for your podiatrist to effectively manage a wide range of concerns, with well-targeted trigger point therapy.
Before undergoing dry needling Sydney treatment, your podiatrist will conduct thorough assessments to understand and locate the most sensitive, tender and problem-causing trigger points. From here, the needles will be used to help modify pain in the area.
Do Pinnacle Offer General Podiatry Services?
Yes. While we specialise in trigger point therapy, orthotic therapy, sports podiatry and treating running-related injury, we also provide general podiatry services for all Sydney patients. Pinnacle offer personalised, comprehensive foot care to treat a wide range of lower limb problems. From ingrown toenail treatments to orthotic fittings, biomechanical assessment, dry needling, exercise physiology and prolotherapy, Pinnacle cover all facets of sports and general podiatry in Sydney.
How Can I Benefit by Working with Pinnacle?
You may benefit from Pinnacle’s dry needling Sydney services or general podiatry services if you are suffering from lower limb injury, discomfort and pain. Our podiatry services can improve your mobility and independence through means of prevention and treatment of foot problems. Specialising in running-related injuries, Pinnacle’s breadth of service capability extends from sports podiatry to general podiatry. Not only will we provide effective pain relief, treatment and chronic injury management, but we also provide exceptional preventative practices to keep future problems at bay.
Are Pinnacle’s Podiatrists members of the Australian Podiatry Association?
Yes. All of our podiatrists at Pinnacle Sports Podiatry are active members of the Australian Podiatry Association, as well as Sports Medicine Australia and Sports & Exercise Podiatry Australia. At Pinnacle, we aim to provide comprehensive, effective and evidence-based podiatry treatment, in line with the Australian Podiatry Association and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). You can search for Podiatrists accreditation with AHPRA here.
Do I Need A Referral for Sydney Dry Needling?
No – patients do not need a referral to book in. Podiatrists near me are primary allied health care providers; you can call or book in from our website for a consultation today.
A referral may only be required to qualify for the Chronic Disease Management (formerly Enhanced Primary Care or EPC) plan.
Pinnacle Sports Podiatry accept all major private health funds – just check with your health fund if you’re not sure if you’re covered for podiatry care.
Can You Advise on Footwear?
Yes. Our qualified and experienced podiatrists are very knowledgeable when it comes to footwear – they are certified shoe geeks! We can advise you on the right footwear for running, AFL, netball, physical activity, work and general day-to-day wear. During a footwear assessment, Pinnacle’s podiatrists can also advise on whether or not your feet would benefit from orthotics.