Dry Needling Physio Adelaide


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Treat the point of pain
with expert dry needling

Muscle spasms following an injury are one of the most common contributing factors to pain and restriction. No matter what your injury is, your muscles will tighten and “guard” you from further damage. Unfortunately, this tends to increase pain levels and cause restricted mobility.

Western dry needling is an effective treatment used to target specific muscle fibres and quickly release the area. All our expert physiotherapists are formally trained in advanced dry needling techniques.

Physiotherapist from Physio Physique doing dry needling on a patient.
A patient of Physio Physique is receiving a dry needling and cupping therapy on its back.

How does dry needling work?

Dry needling is a specialised therapeutic technique that effectively treats a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. As the name suggests, dry needling involves the use of fine needles to stimulate myofascial trigger points (MTrP) across the body. This process creates an involuntary contraction local twitch response (LTR) within the muscle, which assists in the release of tension, promotes blood flow, and stimulates the body’s natural healing process. The tiny needles signal an injury response to the brain which then initiates a healing response to replace or repair damaged tissue.

Don't miss the mark
on pain relief

Get in touch with our friendly team or book your dry
needling session online today.

What to Expect During a
Dry Needling Session

Step 1 - Comprehensive assessment

We don’t just stick needles in your body aimlessly. Our comprehensive assessment helps us determine the required needle points for the best results.

Step 2 - Cleanse the area

To prevent the risk of infections, we adopt the aseptic needling technique. We use high-quality acupuncture needles that are individually sealed and sterilised. We then prepare the skin with alcohol wipes.

Step 3 - Insert needles

Using a guide tube, our expert physiotherapists insert the needles into specific areas of your body. This provides pain-free and accurate needle insertion into the desired points. The physiotherapist may move the needle around to elicit a twitch response.

Step 4 - Combine therapies

We take a holistic approach to health and understand that there isn’t just one treatment that will help you recover. That is why, we combine dry needling with many other physical therapies for maximum recovery.

At Physio Physique,
we set ourselves apart by:

Using a holistic assessment
and treatment approach

We use a comprehensive assessment and treatment approach that combines highly effective manual therapy and personalised exercises specific to your needs.

Designing our services
for busy schedules

Our Adelaide clinic is open 7 days a week with extended hours and flexible appointment times suitable for busy people.

Empowering you to reclaim
control of your health

We support and encourage clients to self-maintain their health through education as the key to preventing future issues. We teach you to heal yourself.

Helping build sustainable
habits for lasting results

We believe that positive and long-lasting results are achieved by introducing realistic goals that you can stick to.

Offering specialised care
for NDIS participants

We understand that NDIS participants have a range of specific needs and deliver services that ensure their goals can be met.

Providing a welcoming
environment and service

Our staff create a professional yet relaxing atmosphere filled with flourishing plants and welcome clients with coffee or tea.

Frequently Asked Questions

The needles we use are extremely thin therefore do not cause our clients any discomfort most of the time.

Depending on the area and condition being treated, some people suffer from hypersensitivity which can increase the likelihood of mild discomfort.

Our physiotherapists use dry needling as part of their treatment and management of many conditions.

During a treatment, the acupuncture needles may be left at the site for 10-15 minutes.

Dry needling can treat many musculoskeletal conditions including muscle sprains, tendonitis, bursitis, chronic pain, disc bulges, sciatica, nerve pain, headaches, migraines and pain related to arthritis.

Most people experience significant pain relief with three to four sessions of dry needling. Others may need six or more sessions depending on the condition being treated.

Dry needling is similar to acupuncture as both methods involve the insertion of thin needles into various points in the body.

Dry needling is the Western adaptation of acupuncture and primarily targets trigger points in muscle tissue. Needling helps reduce muscle spasm and knotted tissue which in turns results in pain relief.

Traditional Chinese acupuncture has been used for thousands of years and is based on energy theory and meridian points.

Mild side effects can be common and include bleeding, bruising, swelling and needlepoint tenderness.

Dry needling can also carry a small risk of infection as the protective skin layer is punctured during the procedure.

At Physio Physique, we adopt the aseptic needling technique by sterilising the skin and only using individually sealed and sterile needles. All used acupuncture needles are disposed of in a sharps container.

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