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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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How can we help?

There is no one best method to treat an injury or pain. After we assess your body, we tailor your treatment based on your specific needs. This may be one or a combination of the services below:

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.

EXPERT THERAPISTS THAT UNDERSTAND YOUR NEEDS

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.

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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.

Dry Needling Near Me

Our clinics are located in Clayton and Noble Park. If you're ready to elevate your body, click on the location that's closest to you, and we'll see you in our clinic soon.

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Based on 36 reviews
I highly recommend booking an appointment with Solidus if you're looking to get back to sports or need someone to help with recovery post injury.Between Julius, Darryl and the rest of the team, they've helped me get back to playing competitive basketball post Achilles surgery and postpartum!Also the deep tissue massages👌They even accommodated when I had to bring my baby last minute.
Claire L.
Claire L.
04:08 22 Jul 22
Julius is the man! I have been hesitant to see a new health care professional after many years of sticking with one type. However, if you’re prone to injury like I have been and can’t seem to pinpoint why and how to help relieve and prevent it. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Julius and his abundance of knowledge and care for the practice and his patients. Amazing work bro! Thank you so much for correcting my rowing pattern and putting me on the better path towards recovery and more gains!
The M
The M
08:25 23 Jun 22
Julius is the man. He has fixed all of my niggling injuries I have had over the years and continues to assist in the elevation of my training techniques. Thank you king!
Ben S.
Ben S.
04:13 08 Jun 22
Absolutely lovely people and fixed all my problems
Andrew L.
Andrew L.
09:09 01 Jun 22
Simply the best. Solves issues that noone else does and is always so positive about the future
Linda G.
Linda G.
21:24 30 Mar 22
Saw Julius to help with my chronic lower back pain, he diagnosed my problem within 5mins into the consultation by observing me complete a few simple exercises. He was very knowledgeable and efficient, the explanations he gave were all in line with how I felt and he customised a exercise plan for me on the spot and went through it with me to ensure I was doing them correctly. Julius was very thorough and honest too! Honesty is something I highly appreciate since it is a rare trait to find in any profession, he even said I probably wont need another session with him unless something changes significantly (instead of lying and stating i'd need a few more sessions). Highly recommend.
Anna
Anna
10:22 10 Dec 21
Julius is a king. He’s helped me countless times with an involved and meticulous approach to improving my physical health.
Oliver G.
Oliver G.
05:50 09 Dec 21
I was referred to Darly at Solidus by a very good friend who had achieved incredible results.After my first consultation I knew I would be on the mend.I had suffered back pain for over 10 years and thought it was something I would just have to deal with for the rest of my life.It was so bad that I could not finish a back workout or do any form of slightly heavier deadlifting at all.After following Daryl’s guidance with new programming, simple movements daily, getting squat shoes and actually learning the deep mechanics of my body (having long legs and a shorter torso) I now have NO back pain after 10 years. He has actually changed my life.I also had issues with my shoulders which he has fixed. Don’t get me wrong… you need to put in the work and follow the steps he gives you to adapt and change (in my case anyway) but with consistency I am a new person and am truly so grateful I was introduced to him.The only thing that upsets me is that I didn’t meet Daryl sooner 🥺Highly recommended.. no question or doubt at all. He is a Powerlifter himself so has on field first hand experience which is beneficial if you also lift weights.10/10 on all aspects. Very friendly guy also and always walks me out the door rather than just waving goodbye after our sessions.
Johnny S.
Johnny S.
00:53 10 Nov 21
In the last 2 years Julius Gastar has brought a damaged sciatic nerve back to life and restored wasted muscles in hip, leg and foot. I can now walk and drive again, where I had been numb from waist to big toe. Julius is an amazing healer - he uses massage, exercise, mind/muscle training, and weight exercises and encouragement to achieve his goals. He also consults widely on specific problems and issues. He has been a life saver for me. I am 78 years old - others had given up on me! I am still getting better even 3 years after spinal surgery. Thank you Julius.
Irene D.
Irene D.
02:01 25 Oct 21
Three years ago I had decompression laminectopies L4 mainly. I was numb from waist to big toe because my sciatic nerve was squashed flat. About 2 years ago a friend recommended Julius as he had helped her when noone else could. Since then Julius has brought life back to muscles which had stopped working. I now have movement in my toes and i can walk and drive again. It has been massage, exercises, weights and lots of encouragement. He has become an expert in feet and researches every problem and issue. It has been a long journey but he has brought me back to life and living. Irene Daly
Irene D.
Irene D.
01:32 25 Oct 21
I’ve had chronic back pain since I was 17-18 (I am now 30) and just lived with it as any time I went to a doctor and was referred to a physio, it didn’t help long term. I however started seeing my cousin Julius for it for the last maybe 1-2 years, and his treatment has definitely helped reduced the pain - some days I have none at all and it lasts for weeks or so which is a rarity! Daryl has also trained me and he is great as well !! Highly recommended!!
Jamila G.
Jamila G.
23:50 28 Jul 21
I was recommended by a friend to see Julius due to on-going hip issues which had been impacting my training for a while. I had seen many healthcare professionals in the past and Julius has been the only person who is able to fix me! Julius is super knowledgeable and has helped remarkably with any pain or injury I have, as well as with my mobility and form which has enabled me to significantly progress in my training. They are also super genuine people who truely care about your health and well-being, and can't thank Julius enough for his on-going encouragement and support. Would highly recommend!
Kimberly P.
Kimberly P.
08:05 28 Jul 21
I saw Julius for some back pain that I've had for years, and it's recently flared up. He diagnosed the problem near instantly, and gave me the corrective exercises to go home with. It's been a few weeks since seeing Julius, and years of back pain have all disappeared.Can't thank you enough. High recommended!!
Rocky V.
Rocky V.
02:58 25 Jun 21
Both Darryl and Julius are fantastic! Teaching me things I didn't know about my body while increasing my shoulder mobility and stability. 10/10 would recommend.
Brendon I.
Brendon I.
23:09 01 Mar 21
Julius and Daryl are extremely friendly and are two absolute experts in their field who have come together to bring amazing service. Their quality of work is exceptional and it is very evident that they take great pride in what they do and truly care about the health and wellbeing of their clients. I have seen Julius a handful of times over the past few years and he has always ensured that I am back to my healthy and fully mobile self in no time at all through his myotherapy and coaching/exercise expertise. These gentlemen are some of the most genuine people you will ever meet and I cannot recommend them enough!
Sean
Sean
08:59 16 Jan 21
Was recommended to see Julius by a friend as I've recently been battling with injuries that have flared up due to WFH. I'd never seen a myotherapist before so I was a bit nervous but Julius put me at ease right away and walked me through both my injuries clearly so I understood what was causing it and gave me simple exercises I could do at home to strengthen the muscles I was wearing out to avoid further injury and reverse the damage I'd done to myself. Overall a great experience!
Janette Lam S.
Janette Lam S.
08:11 03 Oct 20
I came into the clinic with a janky hip and unstable squat form.Julius has been able to guide me through the corrective measures to get me back into tip-top form.His methodical approach, mixed with firm rooted knowledge has helped repair my weight lifting foundations (am now well acquainted with the Bulagarian Split Squat :( )Fingers crossed for that 140kg deadlift.
Sophie S.
Sophie S.
08:15 28 Jul 20
I like how deep he can go. Those stretches and massages always hit the spot.
Elvis P.
Elvis P.
02:46 24 Jul 20
Felt so comfortable here thanks so much to Julius for taking care of me and my wife !
thai D.
thai D.
14:18 20 Jun 20
These guys are absolutely VITAL to maintaining my health. Super informative, and super supportive. I love that my recovery is not simply based on being treated, it's checking in with me between treatments as well as communicating with my Coach @ Jkingfit so that my maintenance is ongoing and proactive and not simply when I'm feeling sore.
Tina D.
Tina D.
06:19 16 Jun 20
Julius is incredibly knowledgeable and the treatment is always five stars. I’ve been seeing Julius for approximately two years and his services have never faltered. I see him for all my injuries and general body aches. He always gives strategies to improve my athlete technique. I can’t recommend him enough! If you’re looking to heal new or old injuries or just improve your physical technique I would look no further than Solidus!
Monique V.
Monique V.
05:47 16 Jun 20
The team at Solidus are fantastic and are the best I've been to. They genuinely care about keeping you in the best shape possible. They're great at explaining what's happened and how to maintain yourself long term.
Dee M.
Dee M.
19:41 20 Feb 20
Extremely professional team who, not only know their stuff, but also make it fun! It’s clear that Julius and Daryl are passionate about what they do and really want to make difference in people’s lives, which I very much appreciate. Highly recommend!
Snitta K.
Snitta K.
23:47 09 Jan 20
Well explained knowledge and gets straight to the point. Highly recommended!
Brian T.
Brian T.
05:05 09 Jan 20
I went to Solidus Health & Strength because I hit a plateau in my normal gym routine. Julius went through my form and helped me improve in the smaller details, which helped me progress significantly.He's now working with me on improving my core strength and general athleticism to help me with injury prevention.I Would recommend Solidus to anyone who wants to get to that next level.
Claire L.
Claire L.
07:19 01 Jan 20
Julius and Daryl are friendly and knowledgeable. Julius has treated me for various injuries and has helped me to continue to train around pain and smash PB's. He is a great motivator and has taught me to move well, lift well and live well.
huong N.
huong N.
10:54 18 Dec 19
Knowledgeable, good music. Great clinic !
Peter S.
Peter S.
08:05 07 Dec 19
He is soo good. I had a stiff neck, shoulder and back for the last two weeks. But he massageed and taught me some exercises and fixed me today. highly recommend !! Thank you
Sia S.
Sia S.
08:27 30 Nov 19
Julius and Daryl have taught me with so many skills in managing my own health. They deliver so much more than just hands on work. Julius has taught me practical skills in correcting my posture and Daryl has given me the confidence to squat and deadlift safe and effectively. I am moving and feeling the best I have in years, couldn’t thank them enough.
Nicole C.
Nicole C.
22:03 28 Nov 19
Julius and the team were so professional and friendly while treating me! His ability to explain why I'm feeling sore and then how to not only fix it but stop coming back is why I'd highly recommend him to anyone!
Vince Z.
Vince Z.
06:44 28 Nov 19
As a Myotherapist myself I am always quite picky with who I see. Julius has been my Myo for years. Not only personally but if I ever have patients who I am unable to help I will always advise them to go see Julius.His professionalism, knowledge and personal approach are second to none in the industry.
Spencer R.
Spencer R.
04:08 28 Nov 19
Julius has treated me multiple times and gave me great exercises to be able to perform at a greater level. His expertise is second to none. Thank you for your help!
Pania E.
Pania E.
00:26 28 Nov 19
Julius is a talented and experience myo with exceptional professionalism. Giving great treatment and knowledgeable advice on exercises to assist with the recovery and strengthening. I had injured my shoulder from jiu jitsu training. After a few sessions with Julius, I was back on the mat and training again. He has my full trust, and will definitely go back.
Duy C.
Duy C.
23:35 27 Nov 19
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FAQs

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:

  • Soreness
  • Bleeding where the needle punctured the skin
  • Light bruising
  • Fatigue

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?

  1. 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.
  2. Refrain from drinking alcohol
  3. 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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