Dry Needling Treatment Bondi Junction, Eastern Suburbs Sydney

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Dry needling treatment is a skilled intervention in your treating physio’s toolkit here at our Bondi Junction Eastern Suburbs Sydney Physiotherapy Clinic.

Primarily it’s used to help treat neuromusculoskeletal pain, movement impairments, swelling, inflammation, and bruising.

Typically it will be used as one part of a broader treatment plan.

If you’re looking to treat pain, improve movement, reduce swelling, inflammation and bruising, or just curious about dry needling treatments with us, please get in touch.

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Dry needling being performed by Seth (physiotherapist) in our Bondi Junction Eastern Suburbs Sydney Physio Clinic

To ensure your health, only single-use sterile needles are used by our physiotherapists. They are disposed of after each use.

Acupuncture Therapies vs Dry Needing Physiotherapy Treatment

In short, and to over-simplify, dry needling is a more modern, scientific and physical-health-focused approach to acupuncture.

Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. There is much evidence to support its therapeutic benefit.

To the eye, dry needling looks much the same. Like acupuncture, it uses thin stainless steel needles that are lightly pressed into the skin as you see above.

In their own way, both acupuncture and dry needle therapies can help people move and feel better.

The primary difference between the two treatments is their focus.

Acupuncture focuses on spiritual energy flow (known as the flow of Qi). That is, its primary aim is to help people more spiritually.

Dry needling on the other hand specifically focuses on treating pain, movement impairments, swelling, inflammation, and bruising. That is, its primary aim is to provide tangible therapeutic benefits.

So, how does it work?

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Reduce Pain By Targeting Myofascial Trigger Points

With dry needling, a fine thin needle is used to penetrate the skin. This stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points, muscles, and connective tissues. This is known as intramuscular stimulation.

Myofascial trigger points are localised knots or tight areas within a muscle or its fascia (connective tissue). These can feel like sore, tight points in a muscle. They are often tender to touch.

No fluid is injected, and why the term “dry” is used in Dry Needling.

The needle, when inserted, helps release the knot and relieve associated muscle pain, stiffness or spasms. Similarly, it can increase blood flow and circulation to the affected area allowing the body to heal and rid an accumulation of metabolic byproducts such as lactic acid.

When needles are inserted into the affected muscle it helps to ‘reset’ it. This leads to muscle relaxation, reduced pain and improved function. It can also stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, providing instant pain relief.

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Therapy to Treat Neck, Shoulder, Back, Knee Pain, Headaches and More

Dry needling can be used to help heal many different injuries and accelerate recovery for many.

As outlined above, it can be used to help resolve pain, improve mobility and increase healing. This is true for just about all areas of the body. It can be useful in many clinical settings.

Commonly it’s used to treat neck, shoulder, back and knee pain along with other forms of musculoskeletal pain. It can even be effective in helping to relieve headaches.

For many, it’s used in conjunction with other forms of physiotherapy and one component of their broader treatment.

For example, it may be used to accelerate the initial healing process so further physiotherapy can be provided sooner and you can have a faster overall recovery.

If you present with a particularly inflamed or sensitive area dry needling may be used to reduce the swelling and pain so that further physio can be provided. Without this initial intervention, the pain and swelling you present with may prevent or delay further intervention like manual therapy (physio massage) because it would be too painful or the area would be too immobile to otherwise treat.

After the swelling, inflammation and bruising have reduced further, your physio may show you various strength and mobility exercises to help you longer term and prevent re-injury. It’s a common treatment for those receiving physio for sports injuries and post-surgery rehab.

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Is It Painful? No.

This is a common question we get from people who have never experienced the treatment before.

Often people don’t feel the needle going in because it’s so small.

For patients who feel the thin needle, typically they report the feeling of a very light prick. For them too it’s almost unnoticeable.

Watch the video below to see Kieren perform the treatment on the calf of a patient at our Bondi Junction Eastern Suburbs Sydney clinic to see for yourself.

Dry needling being performed by Kieren (physiotherapist) at our Bondi Junction Eastern Suburbs Sydney clinic

If your muscle is normal, the insertion of the needle is painless.

However, when your muscle is supersensitive and tight, you’ll feel a short sensation akin to a dull ache, small electric shock, or a muscle cramp. If felt, this usually lasts less than a second.

The discomfort is caused by the muscle grasping the needle.

Patients often come to recognise and welcome this sensation. They call it a “good” or positive pain because it quickly disappears and is followed by the pleasing feeling of the muscle relaxing, tension and pain going away.

It’s the needle working and releasing the trigger point.

Any pain is typically less than you would experience with other treatments. For example, if your physio were to work a tender part of your body via manual therapy (aka ‘physio massage’) you may get more pain than with this treatment.

Needle Techniques & Treatments Can Reduce Swelling, Bruising & Acute Inflammation

Acute inflammation, swelling and bruising from an injury can be a challenging condition associated with an injury that can sometimes increase the time it takes you to recover.

Inflammation is the body’s natural response and is an important means of helping to get blood into an injured area as part of the healing process.

However, if the blood cannot reach the receptors in the affected area the inflammation process continues and the process of inflammation becomes a problem. In scenarios like this, the needle may be used to assist in recovery.

Techniques & treatments using the needle at our Bondi Junction Eastern Suburbs Sydney clinic can bring welcome relief from the pain and discomfort often associated, and reduce this swelling, bruising and inflammation of the targeted area helping you to heal faster.  

Often patients see real-time results.

Your results will be influenced by the severity and onset of your injury.

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Learn How Dry Needling Works at Our Bondi Junction Eastern Suburbs Sydney Physio Studio

When you come in for an appointment at our Bondi Junction Eastern Suburbs Sydney Physio Studio, we’ll first conduct a preliminary physical examination using the needle.

The number of treatments you will require will vary depending upon several factors including the duration, onset and extent of your injury or condition.

If the pain or injury is onset recently, one or two treatments may be all that is required to become pain-free.

More acute and chronic problems may require further treatment.

Effects of dry needling therapy are typically cumulative meaning that it will stimulate a certain amount of healing, until eventually, your condition is healed and pain disappears.

If you’d like to learn more about how dry needling might be able to help you, contact us.

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