Dry Needling Northern Beaches

The Fixio team use dry needling to get a deeper release and faster results for your issue.

Dry needling is a treatment technique that involves inserting a needle into a muscle to alleviate pain and assist with muscle function. Dry needling is especially useful for treating dysfunctional soft tissue such as relieving myofascial trigger points (knots) in muscles and can be especially helpful with chronic pain. Our physiotherapists have undergone extensive dry needling training and are experts at their application and treatment effect.

What is dry needling?

Dry needling involves using sterile, disposable single-use-needles inserted through the skin into muscle tissue. Generally, the patient will not feel the needles at all or will occasionally feel some very mild discomfort. The dry needles with be left in for between 2-15 minutes depending on your condition, before being carefully removed and disposed of in a sharps container.

How does it work?

Areas of your muscles can become overworked or tight, which can lead to the development of knotted areas (known as myofascial trigger points). These knots are not getting adequate blood supply which means they are not receiving adequate oxygen and nutrients to the area and can become painful and sensitised.

Dy needling can be even more effective than massage in increasing blood-flow to the trigger-point area. Increasing blood-flow to the muscle improves the muscles oxygen level and helps remove wastes that were otherwise sensitising the painful muscle tissue. Additionally, dry needling can stimulate the production of natural pain killer chemicals in the body by using spinal nerve pathways, helping to reduce your pain.

Is Dry Needling the same as Acupuncture?

No. Although both Acupuncture and Dry needling use the placement of needles into muscles for therapeutic effect, the underlying theory and clinical reasoning behind the needle placement is very different. In traditional Chinese medicine Acupuncture is used to help balance the body’s energy or “Qi”. The factors determining the needles placement is based on ancient ideas around meridian lines and ashi points.

Physiotherapists make scientific clinical diagnosis due to having a deeper knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and neurophysiology. Physiotherapists use any number of treatment techniques including massage, mobilisation or dry needling as a clinical tool to reduce myofascial tension and improve musculoskeletal function. Dry needling is also part of a growing body of scientific peer reviewed rigorous clinical studies that shows potential benefits when used as part of an overall treatment strategy.

Is it safe?

Dry needling is a completely safe procedure when done by our qualified experts. Our physiotherapists will always run through questions ruling out any contraindications to dry needling. Examples of common things we check for include ensuring a patient isn’t on strong blood thinning agents or has a needle phobia!


Lloyd Padilla
Lloyd Padilla
Jaeme and Dan are top-notch physios! Their expertise and approachability made my experience exceptionally positive. They efficiently addressed my years-long neck and back pain with personalized care and clear guidance. The office facility is also impressively equipped. Highly recommend them for effective treatment in a comfortable setting.
Heather Grigg
Heather Grigg
Have just started with Dan following a nasty fall and fracture to shoulder. Feel very positive, Dan has explained every process along the way and I feel very comfortable with my treatment plan. The other members of the team are super friendly and always acknowledge me on arrival and make me feel welcome
Holly Rose
Holly Rose
Had a great experience with Jackson! I came in with shoulder and ankle issues and the goal to start up my running again and Jackson gave me all the right tips to get back on track and living pain free! Very grateful for all of his work!
ryan searle
ryan searle
Ruptured Achilles (99%) - non surgical approach. Dom and the team were great. 6 months in and the leg is as good as the other. Could not recommend Dom more highly.
Thank you Dan for helping solve my back pain. A true champion in providing wholistic care and extremely knowledgeable in his management plans.
Jennifer Wearne
Jennifer Wearne
I started seeing Hayden for a lower back injury with an inflamed disk (Things you do in the gym!!!). After only 8 weeks and some great planning by Hayden and the team I went from not being able to move to being back in the gym and back to doing what I love! I am lifting more now than I was before my injury and generally feeling great. The attention to detail and knowledge the team have is amazing and I could not be happier with the results. For me it has not just been a fix of my back but a foundational learning experience, teaching me how to move, lift and self heal when I need to. Hands down, these guys are THE BEST Physio team on the Northern Beaches!
Clancy Millis
Clancy Millis
Great service when attending to my back injury. physio Dominic was understanding, considerate, amiable and most importantly affective. highly recommend
Cameron Stewart
Cameron Stewart
Hayden did a great job fixing my back. I would highly recommend seeing him. I had severe lower back pain to the point where I was considering surgery. Hayden guided me through the ups and downs, with honesty and empathy, and applying the best up-to-date methods my back made a full recovery.
Dan Wallis-Smith
Dan Wallis-Smith
Been seeing Hayden for 6 months now and he’s guided me to fixing lower back and knee problems I’ve been having for years. He set out a program and what it would cost in the first consultation and has followed through, providing great knowledge and guidance along the way.

When will dry needling be used?

Our physiotherapists are expert clinicians and know when you will benefit most from dry needling instead of, or alongside other treatment. We often use dry needling in combination with exercise, massage, stretching, and mobilisation because it enhances the reparative effects of the other treatments, and enables you to repair or strengthen with reduced muscle pain and stiffness. Finding the right combination of treatments that works for you is our speciality, and if dry needling is part of your treatment, we’re the ones to do it.

Dry needling is particularly effective at relieving pain in the following conditions:

Call us on 02 8964 4086 to talk with our dry needling specialists about how we can help with your pain.


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We offer second opinion Physiotherapy consultations for all musculoskeletal conditions & decisions including, but not limited to:

  • Pre-operative rehabilitation
  • Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Consideration of conservative care vs surgical care
  • ACL rehabilitation
  • Work Cover Claims
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Claims
  • Chronic musculoskeletal pain
  • Complex spinal pain (lower back, upper back and neck)
  • Complex shoulder pain Complex knee pain

Second opinion Physiotherapy is where an expert physiotherapist assesses your condition without previous bias in order to give you an unbiased diagnosis and treatment options. This can help to give you peace of mind that you are on the right track, or it may give you more options for treatment that you weren’t previously presented with. As healthcare professionals, we are all working together to help you to make the best decisions about your health and wellness.

Yes, you can claim a rebate on your session through Private Health insurance, just like our regular physiotherapy service.

We can liaise with your specialist or healthcare provider at your request

Your second opinion consultations will be taken by our Clinical Lead Physiotherapist and Titled Muskuloskeletal Physiotherapist, Hayden Garner or Damien Glover, Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. He is an expert in difficult to understand pain presentations.

We require you to send through any relevant medical information at least 48 hours prior to your consultation to allow us to best prepare to be able to help you.

Currently, the way you book a second opinion appointment is by booking an appointment online below. You may also call us on 8964 4086 or email us on info@fixio.com.au with the following details. Your;

  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Brief description of your pain presentation

One of our friendly team will return your call within 24hrs.

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