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Why do you Dry Needle legs and feet?

dry needle 3Dry Needling is the use of sterile, solid filiform needles to specifically target and restore muscle function, and reduce muscle pain. It can be used to treat many foot and lower leg conditions such as:

  • Shin splints
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Improve joint range of motion and flexibility
  • Relaxes overused, tired muscles
  • Aids in recovery from physical exercise
  • Muscle dysfunction.

The needles are very fine and most people do not feel them enter the skin. A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort. However if a muscle has active trigger points you will feel a warm sensation or a sensation like a muscle cramp, the “twitch response”. Once a “twitch” response has been elicited, the muscle fibers in that area relax, ‘inflammation’ is reduced and circulation improves.

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What can you do with your feet?

Foot painting by Katie

Foot painting by Katie

As a local Bendigo Podiatrist, I meet people from all walks of life.  A while back I worked with Katie, a young dancer with a broken foot.  As part of her rehabilitation, she had to pick up a pen with her toes, and she progressed to being able to write her name using her feet.

She is now back dancing ballet.  As a thank you, she surprised me with this beautiful painting she had created by foot!

It has pride of place on my clinic walls.

– Tracy Kemp.