How can dry needling help runners?
Dry Needling involves having a sterile needle pricked into your skin so that it touches trigger points (sometimes called knots) in muscles. It differs from acupuncture in that it isn't based on the belief of meridians (energy pathways in the body).
How does it work?
Dry needling is designed to relax the muscles and encourage blood flow to the target area. I use it to stimulate healing, particularly to tendons, which have a poor blood supply, and to improve range of motion.
Is it painful ?
Not really. You will first experience a small pinprick and then a slightly more painful sensation when the needle is gently rotated.
What injuries is it used for?
Classic running complaints such as tight calves, achilles tendonitis, shin splints, and plantar
fasciitis can be eased with dry needling, but it can be used for a wide range of injuries.
Is it dangerous?
In expert hands, it's very
safe for the majority of injuries, although with caution for acute injury, such as a fracture, or for anyone who is pregnant.
Does it work?
Research suggests it reduces pain and muscle tension. My patients who have undergone this therapy have had positive responses and reduced symptoms of pain.