Acupuncture & Dry Needling
Wollongong Podiatry uses both Western Medical Acupuncture techniques and Dry Needling as part of their holistic approach to treatment of lower limb and foot conditions. Western Medical Acupuncture techniques and Dry Needling involve the insertion of fine, sterile needles into carefully selected sites on the body for the relief of pain.
Whilst the terms acupuncture and dry needling are often used in an interchangeable fashion, there is a difference between the treatment modalities. Acupuncture is part of a broader health treatment known as Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture is based on a network of channels (or meridians) that have been mapped out over several thousand years; with needles used to stimulate specific points along these meridians. Western Medical Acupuncture utilises methods from the broader Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Dry needling, on the other hand, involves the insertion of needles into trigger points (knots within muscles) and fibrous bands within muscles. Whilst present within a muscle, trigger points and fibrous bands inhibit the muscle's ability to function optimally. This malfunction can cause referred pain to body parts associated with the muscle, or overloading of another muscle, tendon or joint (i.e. if the muscle in question does not do its job efficiently, another body part has to pick up the slack, often causing strain).
The physiological response to dry needling is the relaxing, or releasing, of these trigger points and fibrous bands. Relief is often noted immediately following treatment.
Whilst acupuncture and dry needling are great modalities in relieving pain and muscle dysfunction, the relief will often only be temporary if the inciting cause of the pain or malfunction is not identified and addressed.
Wollongong Podiatry acknowledges this as one of their core values:
Treat pain and symptoms might go away, but they will probably recur...or
Treat the cause of the pain and symptoms will be unlikely to return.