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Dry Needling for running injuries

At Running Solutions we use Dry Needling to treat a large number of running injuries. In this article you can read about dry needling, the advantages and disadvantages of this treatment method and why it is not a treatment in itself.

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is a method in which small needles are put within tights muscle bands in muscles with the aim of effectively and quickly relaxing the muscle. The muscle hardening that is pierced with the small needle is a trigger point in the muscle.

Why do we release these triggerpoints?

Trigger points are hardening / cramping of muscle fibers. These trigger point can give local pressure pain but also radiating pain over a larger area. In addition, trigger points can lead to reduced muscle function, shortened muscles and muscle stiffness.

How do triggerpoints occur in runners?

Trigger points are hardening / cramping of muscle fibers. These trigger point can give local pressure pain but also radiating pain over a larger area. In addition, trigger points can lead to reduced muscle function, shortened muscles and muscle stiffness.

A trigger point can also occur acute, for example due to a fall or ankle sprain.

What does a treatment look like?

If the therapist’s research shows that there are trigger points in the muscles, it may be decided in consultation with you to use dry needling. This will aim to improve muscle function and quickly reduce the symptoms of pain you experience.

However, dry needling is only part of a total treatment in which all factors that influence the complaints are included. The trigger points are often just a part of the problem and more will often be needed.

How does it feel?

The piercing of the muscle is almost without any feeling. However, the moment the trigger point is hit, a contraction of the muscle can occur, this is called ” local twitch response ”. This can give a feeling of cramping for a short time. The muscle then relaxes quickly and the metabolism in the muscle increases. Because of this you will notice the positive effect quickly.

After treatment, the muscle may feel tired or stiff for another day. This is normal and only for a short time.

Indications for dry needling

Dry needling can be used effectively with a wide variety of injuries. However, this is only if a trigger point component is present. Consider the following complaints: Achilles tendon complaints, Calf complaints, foot complaints, shin splints, runners knee, hip complaints etc.

Contraindications for dry needling

Dry needling is not recommended for pregnant women in the first 3 months, with blood diseases, with infections and for people with an increased risk of infection such as diabetes and lymphatic problems.