In these instances, IMS therapy is incredibly effective. IMS therapy, also known as dry-needling, is a technique where a thin acupuncture needle is inserted into a muscle, eliciting a "twitch" response and triggering the muscle to relax (to find out more about how it works click here) .
Sometimes dysfunction in your back can cause pressure on your nerve roots. These nerve roots come from your back and are what supply the peripheral nerves that control your muscles (such as your calf muscles) with a signal to turn on or off. In cases where your L5 or S1 nerve roots are compressed in your back, your calf muscles will constantly be bombarded with a low grade signal turning them on. This makes it difficult for the Achilles tendon to heal, as it is under constant tension. Therefore when you get up and move greater forces are exerted on the tendon and at rest it is still being subjected to a pull. This makes it nearly impossible for you to fully recover from your tendon injury.
If you have been suffering from an extended case of Achilles tendinopathy, you can click here to book in with James, Jim, or Damien today to see if dry-needling treatment is right for you!