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Dry Needling Therapy in Melbourne
Myofascial pain, known more simply as muscle pain, affects approximately 85% of people in their lives. It’s a chronic condition that causes your muscles to become sore and inflamed, limiting your range of motion which makes everyday activities difficult. If counter medications and prescription painkillers haven’t worked, dry needling in Melbourne may be the answer.
Dry needling is usually part of a broader rehabilitation treatment plan that includes range-of-motion exercises, massage, resistance training and heat/cold therapy. If you’re considering this treatment, Solidus’ team of health therapists can help you get started.
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What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a technique that uses very thin needles to penetrate the skin, targeting trigger points or muscle knots that disrupt function, cause pain and tenderness and limit range of motion. When the needle is inserted, it creates a micro-injury that helps to release muscle tension and pain. As a result, your body’s natural healing process is kick started, and you should start to feel relief from your pain.
Our practitioners are highly skilled and will work with you to target muscle knots that cause tenderness, tightness and pain. Throughout the course of your treatment plan, you should feel more relaxed, have a greater range of motion and be more mobile. If you’re suffering from chronic muscle pain, dry needling is one treatment we may recommend.
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Our therapists are all licensed health care professionals who can diagnose what your body is telling you and provide treatment to help reduce pain, correct posture, decrease tension, and improve the way you move.Meet the Team
Conditions dry needling can help
Many people who live with chronic muscle pain and tightness may know of dry needling but are unsure if it can help. The following are some of the most common musculoskeletal issues that dry needling can help relieve:
- Heel pain
- Back or neck pain
- Tennis elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Shoulder impingement
- Migraine headaches
- Leg cramps
- Shin splints
Whether you have overuse injuries or someone looking to manage chronic pain, our physical therapists will conduct a proper assessment to locate and understand your pain’s source. We’ll use non-invasive assessment techniques to identify trigger points, before implementing dry needling. By lengthening tight muscles and decompressing nerves and blood vessels which supply nutrients and oxygen to the muscle, you’ll experience better mobility, less inflammation and reduced pain.
What to expect from Solidus’ dry needling treatment
Dry needling has shown to be an effective treatment, usually providing immediate relief by reducing tension, inflammation and improving blood flow. As a result, you’ll have less muscle pain with fewer to no spasms and have a greater range of motion and better overall function.
Below are a few of the benefits that dry needling have to offer:
- Immediate relief of muscle tension, stiffness, inflammation and pain.
- Increased mobility.
- Reduced reliance on medication.
- Long-term results when accompanied with other treatment methods
- Accelerated recovery time from injury.
Our Approach to Dry Needling
Before we can establish if dry needling is for you, we’ll need to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Our Melbourne team of practitioners will first identify the root cause of your musculoskeletal pain through physical evaluation tests and finding out your health history.
Once we’ve determined that dry needling is a viable treatment for you, we’ll create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Dry needling is rarely a standalone treatment, so you can expect to receive a combination of therapies that will get the best results.
Solidus’ therapists will track your progress during your treatment plan and make necessary adjustments as you improve. We also recognise that progression rates vary from person to person, but rest assured you’ll get the most out of your treatment.
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Is dry needling safe?
Yes, dry needling is a safe and effective treatment when performed by a qualified therapist. Solidus dry needling experts are highly knowledgeable in human anatomy and are trained in the latest techniques and use sterile, single-use needles. We will also determine needle length based on your specific needs, including the muscle’s depth, body size and anatomical risk factors in the targeted area.
Is dry needling the same as acupuncture?
While both treatments insert needles into their patients, the main difference between the two is the technique in itself. Acupuncture focuses on energy meridians in the body, while dry needling targets trigger points- specific areas of tight muscle tissue. Dry needling is a more recent treatment, so there is not as much research on its long-term effects. However, the current evidence suggests that it is an effective treatment for many musculoskeletal conditions.
Where does dry needling fit into my rehabilitation plan?
Dry needling is generally performed at the start of a treatment program to provide immediate relief to acute injuries, muscle spasms, pattern imbalances and inflammation. After the pain cycle has been interrupted, our therapist will introduce other necessary components of your rehabilitation plan, including manual therapy, exercise prescription and stretching.
Are there side effects from dry needling?
Adverse effects can occur, but they are usually minor. Some people may experience the following during or after treatment:
- Bleeding where the needle punctured the skin
- Light bruising
However, if the needle has been improperly inserted, it could puncture your internal organ. This is why Solidus’ therapists are highly trained and experienced in dry needling. If you experience any adverse effects, be sure to immediately contact our therapists.
What kind of needles are used?
Solidus practitioners use thin, sterile, single-use needles that are disposed of after each insertion. These needles enable our physical therapists to insert in the specific muscle tissues with greater accuracy. Needle length is also determined by your specific needs and anatomy.
In addition to needles, all of our therapists wear gloves and use sterile equipment to prevent cross-contamination.
What should you not do after dry needling?
- Do not perform strenuous activity to soothe the soreness. Feeling sore or having some bruising is normal after a treatment. In other words, take it easy.
- Refrain from drinking alcohol
- Do not apply cold treatments directly to the treated area. Instead, you can take a warm bath to help relieve any discomfort.
Can dry needling make things worse?
If pain continues beyond 48 hours, it’s important to make a note and contact our therapist. We’ll then make the necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. Dry needling should not cause any long-term worsening of symptoms, but if you’re concerned, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
How long does dry needling results last?
Once muscle soreness and bruises after treatment has subsided, results from dry needling will depend on the individual. Initial dry needling treatments can lead to pain relief lasting several days. However, for long term, sustainable results, dry needling should be incorporated into an individual’s overall treatment plan.
How long does a dry needling session last?
A dry needling session takes around 20 minutes to complete. However, it could be part of a larger physical treatment session that lasts up to an hour. After dry needling, our therapists may also implement light stretching and range of motion exercises.
Why choose Solidus for dry needling?
Solidus recognises that treating a musculoskeletal condition usually takes more than one approach. We offer a multidisciplinary team of therapists with the latest training in manual therapy, dry needling, and exercise prescription to provide long term pain relief.
Furthermore, Solidus only hires highly-skilled clinicians passionate about helping you achieve your goals. So whether you’re an athlete or just dealing with everyday aches and pains, give Solidus a call!
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