Different trigger points are targeted to release tension and strain on certain muscle groups to reduce pain and improve leg/foot function. Needling is sometimes used on its own but is often used in conjunction with other modalities such as orthoses and strapping.
The filiform needles are inserted into ‘trigger points’ that are found in muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. There are two kinds of trigger points: active and latent.
Latent trigger points are painful to the touch and are caused by infection, trauma, injury, tension or exposure to cold. They are associated with a local twitch response, tenderness and/or referred pain upon manual examination.
Active trigger points, which can form in any part of the body, are often linked some distance from the area of pain. For example, an active trigger point in the calf can refer pain in the heel. This is often confused with plantar fasciitis.
How acupuncture works is still open to debate but there is a wealth of research that demonstrates that it is beneficial. Brindabella Podiatry successfully uses dry needling for thigh pain, knee pain and arthritis, calf soreness, night cramps, restless legs, shin splints, Achilles tendinitis, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, neuromas and non-specific foot pain.
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