WESTERN MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE (DRY NEEDLING)
The principles of evidence-based medicine and traditional Chinese acupuncture come together to help:
Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
Sprains & Muscular Pain
and many other Podiatry conditions
Western Medical Acupuncture combines our knowledge of anatomy, physiology & lower limb pathologies with traditional Chinese Acupuncture points & meridians
How Does It Work?
Western Medical Acupuncture (or 'Dry Needling') is a therapeutic technique involving the insertion of sterile, single used, fine filament needles into tender taut bands and knots in muscles known as myofascial trigger points.
It works by stimulating the release of constriction in the myofascial trigger point, which in turn relieves pain and improves function by allowing the muscle fibres to relax and lengthen, reduces compression on nerves around the trigger point and increases blood and oxygen flow to the muscle.
Will It Help Me?
At GFC, we mainly use WMA/Dry Needling as part of an integrated treatment/rehabilitation plan, in conjunction with other treatments for musculoskeletal pain and injuries.
It's a completely natural, minimally invasisve treatment which harnesses your body's own healing power, and is well worth considering as part of your overall treatment plan.
As with all our procedures, we follow strict infection control and screening protocols
What Does It Feel Like?
When muscles are tight they create pain, prohibit proper blood flow, compress localised nerve fibres and pull on the structures they attach to, which can lead to a domino effect of wider pain.
When a myofascial trigger point is released through needling a 'twitch response' in the muscle usually occurs - a brief, involuntary contraction of the muscle thought to be caused by a spinal cord reflex.
This neuro-muscular stimulation during treatment is a positive sign, but can lead to some tenderness, muscle fatigue and occasionally a little bruising at the needling site (patients describe it as similar to post-workout soreness) but this tends to settle within 2 to 3 days.
Studies have shown that WMA/dry needling has an effect on the nervous system and parts of the brain which reduce the perception of pain, by reducing peripheral nociception (the detection of painful stimuli), and that it can be effective for managing musculoskeletal pain, especially in the short to mid term.
Research suggests that around 70% of people respond to this type of treatment, and as its effect tends to be cumulative we recommend that for best results Patients have at least 3 WMA/dry needling treatments within 10-14 days to start with.
This protocol usually gives a good indicator of the level of benefit you will see, and 'maintenance' treatments can be carried out as required thereafter.
We recommend avoiding strenuous or high impact activities for 48 - 72 hours after needling, to allow the body time to recover and to maximise the benefits of the treatment.
Your treatment may include the application of kinesiology tape post-op, to support and relieve the affected or injured structures and amplify the benefits to you.
This appointment is for Patients suffering from foot, ankle or other lower limb musculoskeletal injury or pain - such as tendinitis, sprains, knee pain, heel pain, muscular pain, myofascial disorders and other sports injuries.
At GFC it is generally only offered to Patients who have already undergone a Biomechanical Assessment, as part of an agreed integrated treatment/rehabilitation plan, or those who have been referred by other practitioners in the clinic. However, standalone WMA/Dry Needling treatments can booked by arrangement with our Sports Podiatrist - please contact us for further advice on assessment/booking. Please wear or bring shorts/leggings to change into for your treatment.
Not available to book online - please contact us for further advice on assessment/booking.
45 Mins - New Patients
30 Mins - Existing Patients
1 Treatment / £40
Block of 3 Treatments / £110**
Includes Post-Op Kinesiology Taping, if required
WESTERN MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE (DRY NEEDLING)
(*Fernández-de-Las-Peñas, C., & Nijs, J.; J Pain Res. 2019; 12: 1899–1911. Trigger point dry needling for the treatment of myofascial pain syndrome: current perspectives within a pain neuroscience paradigm.)
** Block of 3 x WMA/Dry Needling Treatments rate of £110 only applicable when paid in full in advance.