Dry needling is a fast and effective treatment proven to relieve pain and advance recovery.

It involves inserting and advancing a fine filament needle into the muscle in the region of a “Trigger Point’. The aim of Dry Needling is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and pain. Dry needling is an effective treatment for chronic pain of neuropathic origin with very few side effects. This technique is unequalled in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits.

The needle used is very thin and normally you won’t even feel it penetrating the skin. Healthy muscles won’t feel much or any discomfort when inserting this needle. However, when the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the patient may feel a sensation like a muscle cramp -‘the twitch response’, and that’s exactly what we’re looking for. 

Deactivating these trigger points results in reducing your pain and restoring normal muscle function. 



Dry needling can be very beneficial to reduce neck pain, back pain, shoulder issues, knee pain, tennis elbow or any sports injuries. Strained muscles react very well to dry needling and it can significantly reduce the time of rehabilitation. In combination with other forms of physiotherapy, dry needling can be very effective in treating these conditions. 

Dry needling treatment Bondi Junction eastern suburbs sydney


Bondi Junction, Eastern suburbs, Sydney

What can be achieved with dry needling


   1.   We don’t leave needles in the body and walk away. At Physio K, we always combine manual treatment, exercise prescription, education, assessment and any other form of treatment that could be of benefit for you with dry needling. 

When we do dry needling, we will insert the needle and do some movements (up to 10 seconds) and then take the needle out. The whole process of needling normally doesn’t take longer than a couple of minutes. 


   2.   We make sure our patients respond to our manual intervention. We will do a thorough clinical assessment, followed by the intervention of dry needling and then reassess to see how much you have responded to the needling. We will work with you to find the cause of the problem and not just do some needling in the area where you feel the symptoms. 


   3.   We are trained with GEMt, which is one of the leading global dry needling companies. We value high standards and make safety our top priority. The management team at Physio K is involved in teaching dry needling with this company to other manual therapists across the globe.

Difference between Dry needling and acupuncture


Both acupuncture and dry needling use a fine filament needle which is inserted into the skin in order to treat pain, but that is where the similarity stops. 

Acupuncture is Chinese medicine, which focuses on energy levels (meridians). It is a more superficial treatment and the needles are inserted into specific parts of the body in order to focus on restoring energy or “Qi”. 

With dry needling, we are focussing on trigger points (a term which was first described in 1942 by Dr. Janet Travell). These are painful spots in the body that can cause local and / or referred pain. The aim with dry needling is to deactivate and desensitise a myofascial trigger point which should stimulate a healing response in that tissue and reduce the biomechanical stress of the muscle treated. 


Treatment outcomes can be achieved faster, allowing the practitioner to do more in the same session.


The research has proven that the ‘twitch’ response in the muscle during dry needling is associated with muscle relaxing. This will be beneficial to muscles, tendons and joints in the body!




Dry needling treatment is an extremely effective method for treating acute and chronic pain, and it has very few side effects. As well as standard physiotherapy and manual therapy, Physio K also offers dry needling treatments to patients we believe would benefit from it. In combination with other forms of treatment, trigger point dry needling is a quick and effective way to treat neuromuscular dysfunction to greatly reduce pain and discomfort.

Our practice provides sports physio in our clinic, located in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney. Our studio is located in Bondi Junction. Physio K services the surrounding suburbs as well, such as Bondi Beach, Waverley, Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly, Randwick, Woollahra, Paddington, Darlinghurst, Bellevue Hill, Double Bay, Rose Bay, Dover Heights and Vaucluse. 

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