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Dry Needling Mortlake

Utilising holistic therapies to improve comfort and functionality and promote healing.

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Opting for natural steps to healing

By adopting a natural and holistic approach, dry needling and acupuncture may offer numerous benefits. These modalities not only aim to alleviate symptoms but also work to target the underlying cause of the issue, aiming for long-term relief and improved overall well-being.

Dry needling specifically targets affected areas or trigger points in your muscles and connective tissues. It aims to release tension, enhance blood circulation, and facilitate the regeneration of damaged tissues. As a result, you may experience reduced pain and inflammation, along with improved functionality.

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About Acupuncture & Dry Needling

Through the stimulation of specific points along the body’s meridians, acupuncture aims to restore the balance of energy, known as Qi. This practice may enhance the body’s natural ability to repair itself, potentially bringing about improvements in various conditions and promoting overall well-being.

By embracing acupuncture and complementary therapies, you may nurture your body and mind, fostering a sense of balance and improved health. At NDPE, we proudly offer high-quality services, including acupuncture, to residents in West Ryde and surrounding areas such as:

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What is Dry Needling?

As an evidence-based treatment, dry needling aims to be highly useful in addressing diverse issues, including acute and chronic pain as well as various health conditions. This approach may be particularly advantageous for athletes and individuals on the path to musculoskeletal recovery, offering notable benefits such as enhanced pain management, increased flexibility, and accelerated healing. With its scientific foundation, dry needling stands as a valuable technique that aims to support overall health and well-being.

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 seen as a good sign, as it may indicate the muscle is ‘releasing’. Dry needling focuses much of its attention on calcium, which supports contraction, and potassium, which provides relaxation. It aims to flush calcium and potassium into the muscle with each twitch, allowing your trigger points (sore or tight areas) to feel more relaxed and less painful.

During the procedure, fine needles are gently inserted into soft tissues, including muscles, fascia, ligaments, and tendons. Dry needling distinguishes itself from ‘wet’ needling, which involves needles containing medication. It’s often integrated into physiotherapy treatment plans and can also be employed as a standalone therapy. While it may be confused with acupuncture, it differs in terms of underlying philosophies and its focus on Western anatomy.

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Unveiling the Positive Effects of Dry Needling

As a holistic treatment option, dry needling aims to offer a host of potential benefits for pain and discomfort, including:

  • Relieves pain.
  • Stimulates blood flow.      
  • Releases tight muscles.
  • Improves muscle function. 
  • Enhances range of motion.
  • Reduces recovery time from injury.  
  • Works well as part of a treatment plan or exercise routine.

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Exploring the Therapeutic Applications of Dry Needling

Dry needling may treat a range of issues such as:

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What Can You Expect During Your Dry Needling Appointment?

During your initial appointment, your physiotherapist will conduct a thorough discussion about your trigger points, including their location, sensation, possible underlying causes, and impact on your daily life. 

Based on the assessment, if it is determined that dry needling may be a suitable treatment option for you, your subsequent sessions will involve lying back as our experienced physiotherapist gently inserts fine needles into your trigger points. This process aims to elicit a twitch response, which may provide targeted relief and address your pain and discomfort.

In order to trigger the twitch response, your physiotherapist will employ techniques such as flicking the needle and delicately manipulating it within the muscle. It’s important to note that the twitch response may not happen instantaneously, and you may experience a brief, mild ache for a few seconds during the process.

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Answers to Your Dry Needling Question

How long can dry needling be beneficial?

The duration of the benefits obtained from dry needling varies from person to person. It is influenced by factors such as the underlying cause of the issue, whether it is acute or chronic, and your lifestyle. These factors will ultimately determine how long the benefits of dry needling will last for you.

How many sessions will I need of dry needling?

The number of sessions required also depends on individual factors. Most people typically require several sessions as the sore or tight area adjusts over time.

Do I need to do anything after the dry needle session?

Following your dry needling appointment, it is important to prioritise hydration. Avoid engaging in vigorous physical activities on the day of your session. Ensure you drink an ample amount of water to keep yourself hydrated. If you experience muscle soreness, it is recommended to rest and consider utilising remedies such as a warm bath or ice therapy to alleviate any discomfort.

Does dry needling hurt?

The process of inserting dry needles is generally not painful, and many patients find it to be a soothing experience. While some individuals may feel a brief twitch response, it is typically well-tolerated. It is important to be aware that after a dry needling session, you may experience mild “post-needle soreness” either later on the same day or the next day. This discomfort is considered normal and usually resolves within a couple of days.

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Our highly skilled team of physiotherapists is well-versed and experienced in the techniques of dry needling and acupuncture. With a patient-centred approach, we tailor treatments to meet the unique needs of each individual. Schedule a thorough assessment with us to discover the most appropriate approach for your specific condition.

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