HOW DRY NEEDLING WORKS
Dry needling involves inserting small, thin, sterile stainless steel needles into myofascial (muscular and fascial) trigger points to release tension and knots.
This initial insertion - no more than a few millimetres - promotes blood flow to the target tissue, similar to what you’ll experience with a deep tissue massage. When the needle is in, there will be an automatic twitch response from the muscle. This response indicates that the muscle is releasing.
Dry needling can provide pain relief, release tension, and support effective injury management. The needles used for dry needling are far more precise than general hand movements, and as a result, can be used to pinpoint and target the treatment of pain and discomfort within a much smaller area.
The Infinite Health team provide dry needling Mosman services to effectively minimise pain, loosen up muscles, and improve range of motion. In many cases, we utilise dry needling, among other physiotherapy strategies, to help athletes recover, injuries to rehabilitate and to support the management of ongoing pain or tension in a wide range of patients.
Effective Trigger Point Therapy
Our muscles throughout the body hold trigger points. These trigger points are knots in the muscle, and deliver an exaggerated response to external stimuli. External actions could be those that cause the pain or discomfort or, conversely, the needling that relieves their tightness.
At Infinite Health Mosman, our therapists will incorporate dry needling as part of a holistic approach to treating sciatica, back pain, muscle tightness, hip pain, shoulder injuries, and more. We treat clients from all walks of life, including office workers, frequent gym users, and athletes, with the goal of providing effective pain management and improving recovery from injury.
Aside from treating muscle pain throughout the body, our dry needling in Mosman can also be targeted in areas not in direct pain. The interconnected network of muscles and ligaments in the body means that sometimes focusing on another area of the body can have a dispersing effect on the body as a whole and decrease recovery time.
The hyperirritability of your muscles allows dry needling to work cumulatively across your body until your pain slowly fades away. Infinite Health provides the dry needling Mosman athletes incorporate into their recovery program, but it is not the only solution. Dry needling, like all aspects of remedial therapy, is most useful in combination with other rehabilitation and advice from your medical professional.
Your dry needling Mosman therapists
Physiotherapist & Remedial Massage Therapist
Common conditions that I treat
Neck pain, back pain or stiffness.
Bulging discs, pinched nerve or sciatica.
Shoulder or knee pain.
Gym based injuries.
Experience & Accreditations
Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Australian Catholic University (ACU).
The Sporting Knee.
Powerlifting injury prevention.
Dry Needling Level 1
Strength & Conditioning Level 1
Weight training, powerlifting & rugby.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can dry needling help with?
When combined with other rehabilitation and pain control methods, Dry needling can be effective for treating:
Wrist and hand pain
What will I feel during my dry needling treatment?
Dry needling is done when you are lying down and relaxed. As the minuscule needle is inserted, you might feel a slight prick before it is quickly removed. You shouldn’t feel much after a second. During your dry needling session in Mosman, you might experience brief muscle twitching, as the tension from the trigger point is released. Whilst this might feel disconcerting at first, once you become accustomed to the sensation, it will quickly turn to relaxation. During your treatment, a dull ache might develop locally in the targeted area, but this doesn’t last long and is a completely normal side effect to experience.
Are there any side effects?
Like any physical treatment, dry needling is not without minor side effects. Common side effects of dry needling include:
Just like all manual therapy, some soreness is to be expected from a session. Any soreness will be minor, and shouldn’t last any longer than 24 hours. If you are experiencing discomfort after this time has passed, get in touch with Infinite Health to discuss your next step.
Very minor bruising or bleeding can occur in the targeted area. As the needle is inserted a few millimetres into the outer skin, a small amount of blood is entirely normal, plus it may not happen at all. If you experience any bruising or bleeding, an ice pack should be used to help your recovery for 10-15 minutes following the conclusion of the session.
Some people experience fatigue following their session. An intense session that produces a lot of spasms in the muscles, common in earlier sessions, can lead to drowsiness after. Infinite Health encourages clients in Mosman to bring along snacks and water for the conclusion of their session.
How long can I expect the benefits of dry needling to last?
Clients have noted the beneficial effects of dry needling to last well into several weeks. The benefits will be different from person to person and can be influenced by external factors. Depending on the nature of the pain you are looking to treat through dry needling, you might experience varying results. For the best results, we recommended patients receive a series of dry needling Mosman treatment sessions that are spaced out over some time.
How long are dry needling Mosman appointments?
The length of your appointment depends on the severity of your pain, and the other programs you are looking to incorporate into your session. If you are unsure what length your appointment should be, your therapist will be able to guide you through what is required as part of your treatment plan.
In general, dry needling will take up a portion relative to the length of the three appointment options at Infinite Health Mosman:
Allows for an initial consult and commencing light treatment, depending on the severity of the issue
Ideal for patients with more complex issues or those who want more time spent on specific muscle groups with our Mosman dry needling techniques.
Best suited to patients requiring more extensive dry needling across multiple areas in the body. If you are looking to really tackle pain relief head-on, with consultation with a medical professional, these longer sessions are perfect.