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Dry Needling West Ryde

NDPE offer quality care for local residents in West Ryde & surrounding areas including; Eastwood, Denistone, Marsfield, Epping, Ryde, Meadowbank, Melrose Park, Dundas Valley, Telopea, Putney, Carlingford & Ermington. Trigger Point Dry Needling is an evidence-based form of treatment for acute and chronic pain. Very thin needles are inserted into painful, tight and swollen areas to help reduce pain.

Areas we service for Dry Needling.

Our experienced team of physiotherapists are well-versed in dry needling and tailoring treatments for each individual patient. We will first conduct a thorough assessment to make sure dry needling is right for you, and work with you to create the treatment plan that suits you best.

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling West Ryde

Dry needling is an evidence-based treatment for acute and chronic pain, musculoskeletal injuries, and sports injuries. Dry needling is often included as part of a physiotherapy treatment regime but can also be used on its own. Although sometimes confused with acupuncture, dry needling differs in that it is based on different philosophies and is based on Western anatomy.

The process involves inserting very fine needles into soft tissue such as muscles, fascia, ligaments, and tendons, where pain can affect a person’s movement and day to day life. This differs from ‘wet’ needling, where the needles contain medication— ‘dry’ needles are just the needles themselves.

The aim of dry needling is to increase blood supply to the tight or painful area, which then provokes a ‘twitch’ response. This twitch is a good sign, as it indicates the muscle is ‘releasing’. Dry needling focuses much of its attention on calcium (which supports contraction) and potassium (which provides relaxation). It flushes calcium out and potassium into the muscle with each twitch, allowing your trigger points (sore or tight areas) to feel more relaxed and less painful.

What Can You Expect During Your Dry Needling Appointment?

During your initial appointment your physiotherapist will discuss your trigger points, such as where they are, how they feel, their cause, and how they affect you day to day.

Once you’re deemed a suitable candidate for dry needling, your sessions will involve you lying back as our physiotherapists and their dry needles do their work. Your physiotherapist will insert the fine needles into your trigger points to elicit the twitch response and address pain and discomfort.

To achieve this twitch response they will flick the needle and push it in and out of the muscle. Sometimes it takes a while for the twitch response to kick in, and you may feel a dull ache for no longer than a few seconds. You will likely need several sessions to achieve the desired result, which your physiotherapist will discuss with you.

What are the Benefits of Dry Needling?

As a holistic, safe, and effective treatment for pain and discomfort, dry needling offers many benefits:

  1. Relieves pain
  2. Releases tight muscles
  3. Stimulates blood flow
  4. Improves muscle function
  5. Improves range of motion
  6. Faster recovery time from injury
  7. Works well as part of a treatment plan

Your Dry Needling Questions Answered

What conditions can dry needling treat?

Dry needling can treat a range of conditions including:

How long do the benefits of dry needling last?

How long the benefits last vary depending on each person receiving treatment. In many cases, once any imbalances have been corrected or dysfunctions repaired, the affected area will typically stay that way. However, your symptoms may come back if you continue the practices that led to your initial pain— in this case, you will likely need further sessions.

How many sessions of dry needling will I need?

Most people typically require several sessions, as the sore or tight area adjusts over time. As with how long the benefits last, the number of sessions you need will depend on your individual circumstances.

What should I not do after dry needling?

It’s important to stay hydrated following your dry needling appointment, so don’t do any intense physical activity the day of your session. Instead, drink water, and if you experience any muscle soreness, rest and use at-home remedies such as a warm bath or ice or heat therapy.

Is dry needling painful?

The insertion of the needles isn’t painful, and while the twitch response can sometimes be felt briefly, many patients find it a relaxing and calming experience. Sometimes after a dry needling session, either later that day or the next day, you may feel ‘post needle soreness’. This is typically mild and completely normal! If this mild soreness appears, it usually lasts no longer than a couple of days.

Why Choose NDPE West Ryde?

At NDPE, you will experience treatment at the hands of an experienced therapist who will target your pain to ease your discomfort, aiding in your recovery process. With years of experience behind us, we blend compassion and quality care to provide the treatment you deserve.

Our team of caring therapists aims to improve your physical health while keeping emotional health in mind to support your overall wellbeing. We proudly support the care of patients in West Ryde and the surrounding suburbs of Eastwood, Epping, Denistone, Marsfield and Carlingford.

Book Your Dry Needling Appointment in West Ryde

If you have pain, soreness, tightness, or a musculoskeletal or sports injury and have been considering dry needling as a treatment, we hope this helped you to make your decision. At NDPE we offer dry needling to residents in West Ryde and surrounding areas such as Eastwood, Denistone, Epping, and Ryde. To book your appointment with one of our physiotherapists experienced in dry needling, click below to get in touch.


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