Dry Needling 

Dry Needling is another form of treatment that we offer at Sports Podiatry and Physiotherapy. Both our Podiatrists and Physiotherapists at Oakleigh, Kew and Preston are all trained in dry needling which can be effective in short term relief of some pathologies.

Dry-Needling in Oakleigh, Kew and Preston

When it comes to relieving pain, a popular approach is dry-needling. This form of health care is becoming more widely used by physiotherapists and podiatrists for treating pain and muscle aches. Our professional team sees patients discomfort alleviated and reduced symptoms from associated nerve issues in conjunction with other physiotherapy and podiatry treatments.

This form of treatment is safe, and we use individually packaged, sterile, single-use needles. It is rare for bleeding or bruising to occur; however, some patients may feel a very brief pain that some patients describe as a small electric shock.

Some common conditions that we use treat include:

  • Joint problems
  • Muscle tension
  • Swelling
  • Neck Pain
  • Migraine and tension headaches
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sports and foot injuries
  • Lower back pain.

Treatment is generally for 5 to 15 minutes at a time, depending on what a patient’s individual healing plan requires. Repeating sessions enable the therapy to take ample effect and enable ongoing maintenance, especially when used in conjunction with methods like shockwave therapy.

How It Works

The process is relatively simple, involving the gentle insertion of fine, short, stainless steel needles into the skin to ease muscular pain. They are referred to as “dry” because they don’t inject any fluid into the body.

The needles are placed into “trigger points” of muscle that are generally knotted or are areas of pain to ease and reduce issues associated with muscles and tissue. Other than relieving pain, the small and precise insertion into the skin also benefits our clients by:

  • Improving flexibility
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Improving circulation
  • Increasing range of motion
  • Restoring imbalances from constricted muscles.

Our Approach to Dry Needling

Our approach is to use this form of care at our clinics in Kew, Preston and Oakleigh in conjunction with other treatments to enhance recovery. We assess your condition, consult and determine whether this treatment is right as part of your road to recovery and the best way forward for your individual plan. As a form of therapy, it is effective in relieving tightness in large areas of muscle.

Interested in an Assessment?

Are you ready to get started in alleviating pain and muscle ache? Our team will make a comprehensive treatment plan at one of our locations in dry needling Kew, dry needling Preston or dry needling Oakleigh.

Want to know more about our services also including clinical pilates? Contact our team at one of our three locations at Kew, Oakleigh and Preston.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is an increasingly common treatment, used to treat pain and muscle aches by physiotherapists and podiatrists. It is a safe treatment, were single-use, sterilised needles are inserted under the skin, where they are placed into muscle “trigger points”.

Is dry needling a good idea?

As opposed to acupuncture, which can be used to treat an assortment of general problems including emotional issues, dry needling is a physical treatment for specific muscular issues. If you’re interested in dry needling, have a conversation with your physiotherapist about it. The physio may recommend dry needling as a possible treatment for the issue you’re having.

What should I do after dry needling?

There are certain things to avoid after dry needling. Don’t overwork yourself and avoid excessive alcohol consumption. Do stay hydrated, and if you experience muscle soreness you might be recommended rest, ice, or heat therapy by your physio.

Is dry needling painful?

The actual insertion of the needle isn’t especially painful. For some people, the pain simply does not exist; these are very thin needles. If the muscle twitches while the needle is being inserted, there can be some discomfort and aching for a day or two. It is a similar feeling to having worked out a muscle in the gym.

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