Western Medical Acupuncture

Whilst many Podiatrists & other health professionals are trained in Dry Needling techniques, Chloe has used this modality regularly for 8 years & as such is highly skilled in its application. She always ensures the treatment is comfortable & used safely.

Chloe has been using Western Medical Acupuncture/ Dry Needling for 8 years. Dry Needling can be particularly helpful to release Myofascial Trigger Points/ tight muscles where chronic compensatory movement patterns have developed after injury. Acute Sports Injuries and Osteoarthritis of the big toe, mid foot & ankle may also benefit from Dry Needling.

Chronic Plantar Heel Pain/ Plantar Fasciitis/ Plantar Fasciopathy & Achilles Tendinopathy in particular can benefit from a Dry Needling course. At Potter Podiatry, Dry Needling is typically performed once a week for 3 weeks.

The needles used for Dry Needling are far finer than that used for a standard injection & hence the sensation is quite different. Patients typically experience a ‘sour ache’ sensation or muscle twitch during treatment.

So how does Dry Needling/ Western Medical Acupuncture work?

Local effects

Stimulates nerve fibres in area needles inserted, improving blood
supply & promoting healing

Myofascial Trigger Points

When muscles are injured or work in a less than ideal position (i.e. shortened due to tightness in a muscle group), painful knots can develop called trigger points. These taut bands of sensitised muscles may refer pain to other nearby areas. Insertion of needles deactivates trigger points and promotes self healing of the body.

Segmental Analgesia

Insertion of needles stimulates the local nerve all the way up to its specific segment at the spinal cord & has an analgesic (pain relieving) effect in any bone or soft tissue that is supplied by that segment of the spinal cord. This is the main effect of Acupuncture

Extrasegmental Analgesia

Nerve impulses stimulated by needles travel to the spinal cord and then to the brainstem. The brainstem has the ability to suppress pain throughout the whole body

Central regulatory effects

Nerve impulses from Acupuncture needles also go to a part
of the brain called the Cerebral Cortex where the sensation of needling is registered. This in turn stimulates deeper structures in the brain, the Limbic system and Hypothalamus, where mood and emotion are regulated. Acupuncture can therefore have a calming effect and improve a patient’s sense of wellbeing.

 

In Podiatry, typically we are targeting Local Effects, Segmental Analgesia (pain relief) & Trigger Points.

Please note, dry needling is not suitable for everyone. It is essential patients fully disclose their medical history to enable us to establish if it is safe & likely to be effective.