Dry Needling

Dry needling is a treatment technique using a sterile, single-use fine filament (needle), inserted into the muscle improving function through the release of myofascial trigger points. Primarily focused on the reduction of pain, dry needling restores the function of natural muscle movement.

A myofascial trigger point is a group of muscle fibres that have shortened when activated and are not able to return to its original length, known as a knot in the muscle. 

The myofascial trigger point develops hypersensitivity where the muscle fibres become so tight they compress the capillaries and nerves that supply them, the muscle, therefore, is unable to move frequently. The muscle can not obtain blood supply or flush out any additional acidic chemicals. The remainder of the muscle will begin to tighten to compensate.

Dry needling is a suitable technique for the following

  • An injury caused by over-doing it in a movement or not allowing for proper rest breaks
  • Quick jerking movements such as turning your head too quickly
  • Staying in the same position for too long such as sitting at a desk for long periods of time without getting up for breaks
  • Stress
  • Change in your exercise routine or an increase in training 
  • Some conditions and illnesses; ask our team about this 

How dry needling works

The needles used are extremely fine, inserted gently through the skin to the muscle with the knot or trigger point. Multiple needles can be used to gain the most benefit of this method. The body recognises this as a foreign object and will send blood to the area. The blood fills the trigger point allowing it to release the tension and wash out any nasty acid build-up to allow the healing process to begin.

Why we use this method

Dry needling is one technique that is always a part of a larger treatment plan. We use dry needling to release trigger points, improve pain control and reduce muscle tension. Dry needling targets certain pain points which will reduce pain, inflammation, chemicals and the pressure of the muscles that caused the pain. 

Dry needling improves the overall range in motion as this method eliminates the constant discomfort from the injury. This method results in quicker pain relief for patients as it promotes a speedy recovery time. We understand that each treatment journey will differ, and dry needling will not be the last technique tried. It will be one of many methods assessed and used to get you back on track.

The team at Progressive will work with you to get you back to your training or everyday tasks, pain-free. With a holistic approach, we will work with you and choose the best methods for your rehabilitation journey. 

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.