Dry Needling

Dry needling has been developed over millennia but refined by physiotherapists over recent decades to provide safe and effective results for pain relief and mobility

Subiaco Physiotherapy

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a therapeutic technique used by physiotherapists to alleviate muscle pain and dysfunction. The process involves a thin, sterile needle being carefully inserted into trigger points or tight bands of your muscle or connective tissue. This stimulates a twitch response and releases tension, promoting muscle relaxation and improved blood flow.

Dry needling has been proven to reduce pain, increase range of motion, and enhance overall muscle function. At Subiaco Physiotherapy, we use dry needling as an adjunct to other forms of treatment rather than a stand alone intervention which has been shown to enhance its effect further.

Dry Needling

Muscle Pain relief

Neck care being administered to a patient by physiotherapist

Reasons I should get Dry Needling

  • Pain Relief
  • Muscle Relaxation
  • Improved Joint Range of Motion
  • Enhanced Athletic Performance
  • Headache and Migraine Relief
  • Reduced need for medication

Dry needling has been shown to have numerous benefits, but we as physiotherapists integrate these techniques into a larger treatment framework to optimise results for various musculoskeletal conditions.

All dry needling should be done alongside:

  • A thorough assessment and diagnosis
  • An individualised treatment plan
  • Other manual therapy techniques including soft tissue release and mobilisations
  • Education about your condition

How does dry needling work?

If done correctly, dry needling can help to reduce pain by promoting blood flow to the injured area. Increased blood flow has been shown to bring an influx of chemicals which can mediate (reduce) pain levels in localised tissue. The insertion of sterile dry needles into trigger points has also been shown to increase range of motion by reducing local muscle tone (relaxing the muscle) which allows the joints to move with more freedom.

What is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?

Click here to read our blog on the difference between dry needling and acupuncture.

At Subiaco Physiotherapy, we use dry needling to help with your condition provided that there are no contraindications and that it is a good clinical decision.

Our practitioners are not trained in acupuncture.

Services We Provide

We understand that every client is unique and has specific needs when it comes to physical therapy. That’s why we offer a wide range of services and treatment options, tailored to your individual requirements.

Why Choose Subiaco Physiotherapy?

Our Unique Approach To Care

Caring Experts

Our practitioners care about you and your recovery. We’re all deeply involved in your rehabilitation.

Active Recovery

Using active recovery, we promote healing through movement and exercise

Sport Expertise

All of our practitioners are active in sports and use that knowledge to assist you further

On-Site Gym

We’ve dedicated a large space at our clinic to have a fully equipped gym

Easy Gap Only Payments

We Accept 100% of Australian Private Health Insurance Providers

We process your private health insurance claim on the spot via HICAPS. If your insurance policy covers you for our services, you will only need to make the gap payment on the day. Make sure to check your policy with your health insurance provider.

Meet Our Team

Subiaco Physiotherapy Professionals

We are a collective of highly qualified, professional clinicians with a huge variety of experience and expertise in spinal pain, sports injuries, pain management and rehabilitation.

Our staff has an ongoing commitment to further education and self development, as well as contribution to the profession and the wider community.

All team members belong to their respective professional bodies and are registered with AHPRA which exists to improve the health of Australians by supporting world’s best practice in Allied Health. 

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand you might have some questions about Dry Needling services, treatment & how it can help you.

If you have any more questions, you can always reach out to our friendly team.

You can pick between an in-person consultation at the clinic, or a Telehealth consultation.

Initial appointment
If you’ve never been to the clinic before, or you have but a >12 months ago and this is a new problem

Standard appointment
If you are following up on a previous issue with your physio

Telehealth consultation
For online video consultations that do not require face-to-face assessment and treatment

Extended appointment
For a complex case, a longer appointment time, our Exercise Evaluations & Programs, or CrossFit Performance Screenings

Clinical Exercise (Pilates) Initial Consultation
If you’d like to start into our pilates-based rehab sessions, choose this for your setup consultation

Physio Exercise Class
If you already have an exercise program with us, and would like to join us for some expert feedback and coaching on your program.

Depending on your area of injury, it can be useful for you to be able to move without the restriction of tight clothes. Sporting and exercise attire can make assessment and treatment much easier.

Don’t worry, though, your therapist will have a range of towels and shorts to lend you if you get stuck. We want you to feel completely comfortable during your appointment.

In your first treatment session, you will be greeted at reception and asked to fill out an intake form.

Your physiotherapist will then take you into a consultation room and start with taking your relevant history, establishing what you hope to achieve out of your session and viewing any scans you might have available. They will then take you through a thorough physical assessment and help to establish a clear diagnosis, as well help to identify any contributing factors.

Following this, you will often receive hands-on treatment in the first session (provided it is likely to help you) as well as be provided with an idea of a management plan. Typically, you will be given some preliminary exercises in your first session, although sometimes this is better off left to later sessions, depending on your injury.

We always aim to meet and exceed your expectations!

It’s always difficult to say as it is very dependent on your injury. The initial sessions will typically be about reducing your symptoms, with follow-up sessions being more about helping you to reduce the risk of ongoing pain and dysfunction.

We always aim to keep the number of sessions to the minimum effective amount and pack each session with as much treatment, exercise and valuable education and advice as possible.

We often say that hands-on treatment is your short term answer and that exercise rehabilitation is your long-term solution. So once we have worked with you over a period of time to reduce your symptoms, we will do a few things to reduce the risk of recurrence:

  • Education about when you can and can’t do while exercising
  • Exercise-based rehabilitation with tailored rehab programs
  • Customised return to sport and exercise programs
  • Advice around lifestyle, ergonomics, sleep, and posture

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