Effective Dry Needling Physio Treatment in Singapore

Is persistent stiff muscle or joint pain affecting your daily life? Dry needling at Benchmark Physio might be the answer you’ve been seeking. Rooted in evidence-based practice, our treatment not only targets the immediate pain points but also improves your overall musculoskeletal health for holistic enhancement in quality of life.

Understanding Dry Needling Treatment

Dry needling, grounded in Western medicine, targets musculoskeletal problems like muscular tension and pain. By inserting needles in affected trigger points, this treatment restores normal blood flow, flushes out acidic buildup, relieves muscle tension and promotes the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain-relievers.

Opting for a dry needling treatment at Benchmark Physio comes with several advantages:

  • Improved circulation: Dry needling promotes the widening of blood vessels to boost circulation.
  • Pain relief: The enhanced blood flow facilitates waste removal and nutrient delivery, providing pain relief.
  • Reduces inflammation: With enhanced blood circulation, immune system components can arrive quicker at the affected tissue to reduce inflammation and expedite healing.
  • Reduced muscle tightness: By easing muscle knots and addressing trigger points, dry needling reduces muscle tightness, enhances flexibility and boosts your range of movement.

While dry needling and acupuncture utilise needles, their foundational philosophies and objectives differ substantially. Acupuncture, rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine, focuses on balancing energy flow by inserting needles to harmonise the body's internal dynamics.

In contrast, dry needling is anchored in Western medicine. It emphasises a structural understanding and targets dysfunctional muscle tissue precisely with needles based on a detailed knowledge of the patient's anatomy and neurology. The treatment intent is to manage pain and dysfunction, and it is often integrated into a comprehensive physio regimen.

You can also learn more about the differences between dry needling and acupuncture on our blog.

What Types of Conditions Can We Treat with Dry Needling?

Dry needling can address trigger-point-related lower back pain by pinpointing and releasing tension in troubled areas. It is particularly effective when combined with treatments, such as back physio.

Dry needling can address trigger-point-related lower back pain by pinpointing and releasing tension in troubled areas. It is particularly effective when combined with treatments, such as back physio.

Dry needling treatments can address the pain sources of headaches and migraines. When complemented by physio, which offers posture guidance and stress management tips, you will be better equipped to prevent future occurrences.

For athletes, such as runners and rhythmic cyclists, dry needling speeds up recovery by alleviating tension and training-related knee, ankle and foot conditions, such as:

  • Plantar Fasciitis;
  • Shin Splints;
  • Achilles Tendinopathy.

To expedite your recovery from painful musculoskeletal issues, incorporating dry needling treatments alongside other ankle physiotherapy or knee pain treatment is advised.

Why Choose Benchmark Physio for Dry Needling Treatment?

Living with pain can profoundly impact your holistic wellbeing, making it crucial that you choose a trusted clinic in Singapore for your dry needling to accelerate your recovery. This is where Benchmark Physio shines.

From dry needling treatments to physiotherapy and sports massage, we offer comprehensive services to empower you to live a pain-free life. Our commitment extends to our adoption of an evidence-based treatment approach, which ensures that our clients receive treatments aligned with the industry’s recommended practices.

What is included in Benchmark Physio’s Dry Needling Treatment Sessions?

Benchmark Physio’s Dry Needling Treatment Sessions are designed to offer effective relief for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. We understand the importance of transparency, which is why we offer our Dry Needling Session for $150, providing you with a 30-minute session of targeted pain relief and muscle tension reduction. During your session at Benchmark Physio, you can expect the following key components from our sessions:

  1. In-Depth Assessment: Our experienced physiotherapists start each session by thoroughly evaluating your condition. We will discuss your medical history, symptoms, and goals to gain a comprehensive understanding of your condition. A physical exam identifies specific trigger points, muscle tightness, and areas of discomfort that will benefit from dry needling.
  2. Customised Treatment Plan: Based on the assessment findings, we will create a tailored dry needling plan targeting the exact muscles and trigger points for your needs. This personalised approach ensures the most effective treatment.
  3. Precise Dry Needling Technique: The core of our sessions involves carefully inserting thin, sterile needles into the trigger points in your muscles. This releases tension, improves circulation, and activates natural healing. The needles remain in place briefly to achieve optimal therapeutic benefit.
  4. Patient Comfort and Safety: Your comfort is our top priority. You may feel some mild muscle sensation during needling, but we will ensure that you remain at ease. Dry Needling can provide drug-free pain relief for muscle issues, chronic pain, injuries, and more.
  5. Post-Treatment Guidance: After dry needling, we provide instructions on care, exercises, and stretches to complement the therapy. We also discuss expected outcomes, potential side effects, and precautions with you to ensure that you achieve a speedy recovery.
  6. Ongoing Support: Your long-term wellbeing matters to us. We offer follow-ups to monitor progress, adjust your plan if needed, and provide continuous support on your road to recovery.

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Meet Our Dry Needling Specialist

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At Benchmark Physio, our dry needling treatments are spearheaded by Ng Hong Kai. A GEMt Advanced Dry Needling Practitioner, Hong Kai shares an unwavering passion for the field and has over a decade of experience in dry needling and musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

As the Clinic Director and Chief Physiotherapist, Hong Kai’s commitment to quality care is also evident through his extensive credentials. Under Hong Kai’s guidance, you can be assured of receiving treatments rooted in expertise, experience, and genuine passion for your wellbeing. 

Ready to embark on a journey towards better musculoskeletal health free from pain? Schedule your consultation with us today.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Dry Needling Treatments

    To address mild discomfort, the dry needling needle might be inserted briefly. Meanwhile, addressing intense pain may necessitate 10 to 15 minutes of needle placement.

    Soreness may last up to 72 hours after your dry needling treatment, but not everyone experiences this.

    While most patients don't experience side effects from dry needling treatment, the few that do typically face mild reactions, including the following:

    • Temporary pain within 24 – 48 hours.
    • Minor bruising.
    • Fatigue.
    • Minor skin reactions like red spots.
    Dry needling treatments usually alleviate pain immediately. However, two to three sessions are usually required to experience sustained results.
    Dry needling is generally safe with minimal risks, especially when performed by a skilled practitioner like our team at Benchmark Physio.

    No specific preparation is needed for dry needling. Just wear relaxed clothing that’s easy to adjust to facilitate access to the treatment areas.

    In most cases, pain is completely alleviated after individuals undergo two or three dry needling treatments. However, patients with chronic pain may require five to six sessions.
    Yes. Using dry needling alongside other treatments, such as physiotherapy for neck pain, can even enhance treatment efficacy.
    Yes, only single-use, sterile needles are inserted during dry needling and discarded once your treatment is complete.

    For optimal healing after a dry needling treatment:

    • Use heat, not ice, for soreness and bruising relief.
    • Gentle exercise helps but avoid overexertion and stop if discomfort arises.
    • Skip alcohol to prevent dehydration and ensure proper hydration to minimise soreness and symptoms.
    Many health insurance schemes include physiotherapy coverage. However, whether dry needling treatments are included under your coverage varies between insurance policies. It is advisable to contact your insurance company to clarify the details.
    Dry needling aids chronic pain by reconditioning muscles over successive treatments. This disrupts the cycle of pain, leading to restored muscle and nerve functionality.
    Athletes can use dry needling treatments to boost recovery, reduce their risk of injury, and elevate performance levels.
    A dry needling treatment results in the widening of small blood vessels, leading to heightened blood flow and oxygen supply to the muscles.

    Dry needling treatment is not advised for individuals who meet any of the following conditions:

    • Have an infection.
    • Pregnancy.
    • Taking blood thinners or having bleeding disorders.
    • Have a compromised immune system.
    • Diabetes.
    • Epilepsy.
    • Lymphedema.
    • Vascular disease.

    Benchmark Physio's physiotherapist is a GEMt Certified Dry Needling Practitioner.