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Dry Needling

Dry Needling or biomedical acupuncture can be effective in releasing chronically tight muscles and those in spasm.

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a process that involves inserting acupuncture needles into soft tissue around the body, including muscles, fascia, ligaments, and tendons. Also known as myofascial dry needling or biomedical acupuncture, dry needling can be effective in releasing chronically tight muscles and those in spasm. This treatment is not to be confused with acupuncture; dry needling is based on western anatomy and medicine, where acupuncture is based on Chinese medicine. Dry needling is used solely to treat musculoskeletal conditions.

How does it work?

The technique of dry needling works by targeting trigger points within the muscle, much in the same way as massage. An acupressure needle, however, is much finer than a thumb or finger and as such, can be more precise and have a more powerful impact. The needle is inserted into the muscle-stimulating-nerve-receptors which disrupts the pattern of pain and ultimately helps the muscle to relax.

What can it treat?

Dry needling – when provided by qualified practitioners – is a safe and effective treatment of chronic and acute pain.

It can be effective in treating:

  • chronic pain -headaches
  • muscle pain or spasm
  • tendinitis
  • shoulder impingement
  • back pain
  • neck pain
  • knee pain
  • hip pain
  • ankle pain
  • wrist and hand pain
  • elbow pain
  • TMJ or jaw pain
Considerations prior to treatment

Please inform your clinician if you have any of the following:

  • Implants
  • If you are pregnant
  • Metal allergies
  • Axillary or inguinal node dissection
  • Joint replacements
  • Needle phobia
  • Cancers
Side Effects
To minimise the risk of side effects, dry needling should only ever be performed by qualified health professionals. 
Most common side effects: 
• Muscle soreness 
• Fatigue 
• Bruising 
These side effects are most often temporary and normally well tolerated by most people.

Less common side effects: 
Dizziness / fainting after the procedure: This is minimised by ensuring you have not skipped any meals and had sufficient water during the day. 
• Metal allergy: If this rare reaction occurs, switching to another brand of needle can assist. Please notify your treating clinician if you have a metal allergy. 
• Pneumothorax (air in the chest cavity): Only applicable when needling around the chest cavity. It is considered a minimal risk when performed by our staff who have been trained under one of the world’s most stringent courses. 
Our Melbourne Dry Needling Myotherapist

Dry Needling FAQs

Osteopathy Consultation Fees
  • Initial Consultation $115.00
  • Subsequent Consultation $90.00
  • Extended Consultation (1 hour) $145.00

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New Patients including women, men and children are welcome at Premier Health Partners. Consultations are by appointment only. Appointments can be booked via telephone (03) 9329 7077, or via our website. In cases of an urgent appointment, please call and we will assist where possible.

If you are unable to attend for a scheduled appointment, please contact us to cancel or change your appointment time. As a courtesy we send out appointment reminders to the mobile number on file and request a minimum of 24 hours notice if you are unable to attend.

We have high demand for appointments and many patients miss out on seeing the doctor of their choice or even obtaining an appointment at all. Late cancellation or failing to attend does not allow the appointment to be offered to someone else seeking treatment.

A fee may be charged for failure to attend or cancellation at short notice, less than 24 hours on the day (NB: this fee does not attract a Medicare rebate).

We respect the right of the patient and ensure all complaints are dealt with in a timely manner.

This practice acknowledges that patient complaints are an important source of customer feedback.

Under the Health Services Act 1987 people with complaints should try to resolve them directly with the health service provider.

If a satisfactory outcome is not achieved then complaint can be directed to the Health Services Commissioner for action by calling 03 8601 5200.

A referral is not required to access the services of our GP’s or Allied Health Professionals. Our Osteopaths do accept GP Care Plans and GP Mental Health Care Plans (Payment is required at the time of service and claim sent through to Medicare for overnight reimbursement).

General Practitioners

  • Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5.45 pm.



  • Monday & Wednesday 9.00 – 7.30 pm
  • Tuesday 1.00 – 5.00 pm
  • Thursday & Friday 9.00 – 4.00 pm



  • Monday 2.00 – 7.00 pm
  • Wednesday 12.00 – 7.00 pm
  • Friday 8.30 – 11.30

Our policy is that payments are to be made on the day of consultation. Accepted payment methods include EFTPOS, credit card and cash.

The practice offers to send your claim on line direct to Medicare. If you have your bank details registered with Medicare, the rebate will be sent to your nominated bank account within 24 hours.

We also encourage our patients to register their bank account details with Medicare to allow for prompt reimbursement of the medicare rebate to the nominated bank account. Patients can register online at www.humanservices.gov.au/online or download a Medicare Bank Account details form.

If your doctor refers you to another doctor, a specialist, or for any investigative tests please ask about fees and other costs that may arise.

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