Osteopathy and Dry Needling

Osteopathy, Osteopathic TreatmentAn Osteopath provides a hands-on and holistic approach to healthcare that is both safe and effective for treatment of pain and imbalance.

Our experienced Osteopath does not just treat the site of pain, but will also identify other factors that are contributing to your symptoms. Through this approach Osteopathy relieves pain, inflammation, tension and restrictions of movement.  This in turn improves bodily function.

What does Osteopathy Involve?

Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching, massage, joint mobilisation and gentle balancing techniques to assist in restoring the body’s function.  In addition, your Osteopath may provide you with information about pain management and strategies to reduce recurrence – such as stretching or exercise.

At your first visit, your Osteopath will take a thorough case history and perform an evaluation to assess and diagnose dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system, which consists of your muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs.

Conditions that an Osteopath treats

People of all age groups seek Osteopathic treatment most commonly for musculoskeletal complaints including:

  • Sporting injuries
  • Neck and back pain
  • Arthritis and joint pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Jaw pain
  • Postural problems
  • Tennis elbow
  • Hip, knee and foot pain
  • Injuries and work or road accidents
  • Repetitive muscle strain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Muscular pain
  • Sciatica
  • Tendonitis
  • Shoulder, elbow and wrist pain
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Dry Needling

Dry NeedlingDry needling utilises acupuncture needles to release trigger points within muscles. Trigger points are hyper-irritable areas within a taut band of muscle – composed of multiple contraction knots – which can cause pain and dysfunction. The needle causes a relaxation of the knots, deactivating the trigger point.  This promotes relief of pain and helps to restore normal physiology to the muscle.

Is Dry Needling the same as Acupuncture?

Although dry needling uses the same needles as acupuncture, it is not the same technique. Acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy whereby needles are inserted into meridian points (specific energy points). In contrast, dry needling is strictly based upon Western medicine whereby the needle is inserted into muscular trigger points – which are first located manually by your dry needling specialist.

How does it work?

Inserting a fine filament needle into trigger points causes bio-mechanical changes which alleviate pain. Eliciting a local “twitch” response within the muscle can assist in breaking the pain cycle and releasing tight knots within muscles.

Which conditions can be treated with Dry Needling?

Dry needling can be used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Specific conditions for which dry needling can be utilised include:

  • Repetitive strain injuries – tendonitis, tennis elbow, golf elbow.
  • Back and neck pain – include postural strain.
  • Shoulder and arm pain (shoulder impingements, tendonitis)
  • Headaches
  • Buttock and leg pain (including sciatic pain)
  • Hamstring strains
  • Calf tightness or cramps

Our Osteopath

Dr Christopher Thompson, Osteopath
Dr Christopher Thompson, Osteopath


Claim your treatment through HicapsHicaps private health insurance claiming may be available on your treatment. We recommend you contact your health fund to confirm your eligibility to claim.

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