Dry Needling

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is incorporated as an adjunct treatment to osteopathic treatment. Dry needling (Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling) uses fine, pre-sterilized disposable needles for the therapy of muscle pain.

How does it differ from acupuncture?

Whilst Myofascial dry needling and acupuncture use the same kind of needles and the needling techniques may overlap, dry needling is based on western anatomical and neuro-physiological concepts and predominantly focuses on the assessment and treatment of the musculoskeletal system. In contrast, acupuncturists are trained in Chinese medicine and have a different approach to health and well-being.

What does it do?

Dry needling can be used to deactivate trigger points, and treat overactive motor points. Dry needling also helps to increase blood flow, which helps treat chronic muscle tension and spasm, delivering oxygen and other nutrients to the affected and painful tissues. It also removes harmful metabolic waste on a cellular level.

From a neuro-physiological point of view, dry needling can also reset motor points, neural control, and stimulate other important reflex mechanisms. It also has a strong effect on pain control by releasing certain neurotransmitters from the brain.

Our Services

Ranges Osteopathy and Performance offer a wide range of osteopathic services to treat your health problems, enhance your performance, and improve your overall quality of life.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is one of the most common questions we are asked. There are some similarities between the three modalities both in conditions treated and in some of the techniques used. The main differences are found in the philosophies behind each modality and how the principles of treatment are applied.

The main principles of Osteopathy are that the body is a unit and that the structure and function of the body are interrelated. This means that damage to one area of the body can affect other regions of the body. Osteopaths aim to identify, treat and manage the cause of injury/pain/movement discrepancy so that the resulting symptoms are reduced efficiently. Our treatment techniques are hands-on, management and rehabilitation are practical and all are specifically tailored to your condition/injury/pain/movement discrepancy and your medical history.

Osteopaths in Australia had previously undertaken 5 years (now 4.5 years) of full-time tertiary education at university. This consists of a 3-year Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) and 2-year (now 1.5 year) Master of Health Science (Osteopathy).

Osteopaths in Australia are required by law to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and complete 25 hours of continued professional development annually.

The majority of osteopaths in Australia are registered with Osteopathy Australia who is the peak body representing the interests of osteopaths, osteopathy as a profession and consumer rights to access osteopathic services in Australia.

No, you can make an appointment directly with us without a referral.

Under certain schemes you may benefit from a referral. If you have been diagnosed with a chronic health condition and require complex care, you may be eligible for Chronic Disease Management (CDM) assistance. The GP must complete a special referral form to refer you to an osteopath for treatment.

Osteopathy is covered under the extras cover of most major health insurers. We offer instant rebates via HICAPS and the rebate varies depending on your health insurer, so check the details of your policy.
Osteopathic treatment can be covered by Medicare if you are eligible for the Chronic Disease Management (CDM) care plan (see a previous FAQ). You can be eligible for this if you are suffering from a chronic medical complaint. If you are eligible, you will need to consult your GP who will write up a referral. You can receive a maximum of five osteopathic consultations per year under this Medicare-supported scheme. CDM referrals will be billed at our standard consultation fee, then the rebate that you are entitled to will be reimbursed accordingly, which will result in a net gap fee at the conclusion of this process. Please bring your referral letter (if not already received by us), Medicare card and credit/debit card or cash for the payment and claim.
For initial and long consultations please allow 45-60 minutes. Return appointments are 30 minutes. This includes all services offered, however some may require a long consultation depending on the goal of the consultation. This should be discussed with us prior to the appointment if you are uncertain.

Osteopathic consults – Osteopaths perform a detailed physical examination of the body to identify the problem. You may be asked by the Osteopath to dress down to your underwear so please ensure you dress comfortably and appropriately.

Movement assessment, exercise rehabilitation and strength & conditioning consults – Please bring loose fitting clothing or active wear and shoes that you can perform exercise in as well as a towel.

Ensure to bring a change of appropriate clothing if you are not already wearing this. Bring a list of medications and supplements (with dosage and frequency of use) that you take if you tend to forget these.

You can bring any previous imaging, rehabilitation programs and strength & conditioning programs that you have in relation to the reason you are attending our clinic and your osteopath will use these as per necessary (with your consent).

If you have received a referral from your GP for Medicare assisted consultations, please bring this with you unless we have received this already prior to your attendance.

It is advisable to arrive 10 minutes early to your initial consultation as you will be required to fill out a new patient form and sign an informed consent form.

You should also arrive 5 minutes early for your subsequent consultations to ensure punctuality and efficiency within the clinic.

No, however some osteopaths are further trained to treat babies, infants and toddlers. We do treat children of various backgrounds including sport and are trained accordingly. At ROAP, each practitioner holds a Working With Children Check. If your child requires our services then please contact us and we can inform you if we are the most appropriate clinic to suit your needs.

It’s easy to get started

Ranges Osteopathy and Performance offer a wide range of osteopathic services to treat your health problems, enhance your performance, and improve your overall quality of life.

Step 1

Book a consultation where you can talk about your health, injury, pain and goals.

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Attend your consultation where your osteopath will tailor a management and treatment plan specific to your needs.

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Your osteopath will treat and guide you as you perform each session on your management plan.

Step 4

Enjoy the benefits of achieving each goal as you progress towards reaching new heights in your health and performance.

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