Physiotherapy Services

Dry Needling

Dry Needling is different from acupuncture, but is based upon the same premise as in traditional Chinese medicine. It is a technique physiotherapists use for treating pain and movement impairments and is a part of modern Western medicine principles performed by a trained physiotherapist.
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What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling targets trigger points within the muscle or a tight band of skeletal muscle found within a larger muscle group. Trigger points are typically tender to touch and can address pain in other parts of the body.

With damaged or irritated tissue, muscles close by also contract, causing a restriction of blood flow to the injury site, further exacerbating the condition. In Dry Needling, also known as Trigger Point Dry Needling or Intramuscular Manual Therapy, a thin monofilament needle is inserted into the muscle through the skin into the area of injury to prompt a healing response. Microtears that come from the needle cause the body’s natural immune response to act and bring nutrient-rich blood to the injury site, boosting tissue repair. It can also dissipate mediators that typically gather in areas of inflammation.

Difference Between Dry Needling and Acupuncture

Dry Needling is not the same as acupuncture. While the treatments use similar techniques, acupuncture is rooted in Eastern medicine, where needles are inserted along meridian lines. Dry Needling, on the other hand, is a therapy that was introduced into medicine in the 1980s. Needles are inserted into trigger points instead of meridian lines as a treatment for acute or chronic pain.

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Using Dry Needling as a Part of Your Treatment Plan

Physiotherapists use Dry Needling as one therapy as part of a holistic treatment plan to help myofascial release or inactivate trigger points to alleviate pain or enhance range of motion. Fascia, connective tissue throughout the body, binds together muscles, blood vessels, ligaments, and nerves. With the buildup of ongoing tension and strained muscles, joints may stiffen, restrict motion or cause pain. With Dry Needling, a sterile, thin monofilament needle stimulates myofascial release tissues that cannot be manually reached by, for example, in sports massage therapy.

Injuries, posture, or even stress cause muscular and fascial tissues to wear, thereby restricting mobility. Dry Needling can alleviate chronic pain, reduce muscle tension, and normalize neuromuscular dysfunctions to accelerate rehabilitation from an injury. Conditions that can be treated include back or neck pain, tennis elbow, joint problems, myofascial pain, pelvic pain, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, shoulder impingement, and tendonitis.

The ability to recover faster from soreness and tense muscles is crucial in the pursuit of enhanced athletic performance. Athletes’ muscles become sore and fascia knot after intense training with the repetitive stress taxing the body. In combination with other physiotherapy treatments and interventions, Dry Needling can alleviate painful musculoskeletal conditions to restore you to pain-free movement, increase your range of motion, and improve tissue healing response.

HelloPhysio paves the way with both traditional physical therapy and the latest technologies to reduce pain, re-establish movement patterns, and activate muscles so that you can return to your daily life.

Physiotherapy treatment plans are different for each client customized to fit an individual’s needs, injury and lifestyle. Treatments from HelloPhysio may be eligible for claims through your health insurance provider.

Contact us today to arrange a session with a senior physiotherapist to discuss a targeted treatment plan.

Phone: +65 8787 3198

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Singapore 329565

Using manual therapy with proper adjunctive state-of-the-art  equipment to enhance tissue healing, our physiotherapists help clients return to pain-free movement faster. Each physiotherapy rehab plan is never the same for each client as we believe in a personalized physio treatment to address each individual’s musculoskeletal injury and life stressors.

We always believe in going one step more at our rehab center in Singapore by providing continuous care that extends beyond just the physical session to adding Telehealth as part of physio treatment plans. From traditional to sports physiotherapy in Singapore, our clinic incorporates the lastest evidenced-based modalities into patient care.

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EMTT® is an advanced technology developed in Switzerland for the treatment of bone, tendon, muscle, nerve and ligament injuries or disorders throughout the body. This is a state-of-the-art therapy is a non-invasive, safe alternative to steroid injections and other interventions.

EMTT can be used to as a pain relief practice to reduce inflammation in difficult to treat conditions such as bone injuries, stress fractures and arthritic joints. We also use of the technology in harder-to-treatment of conditions such as tendinopathies at our Novena physiotherapy clinic in Singapore.

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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) uses shockwaves outside of the body to harness intense short energy waves to reduce pain and heal chronic orthopedic conditions at our rehab center in Singapore. It is a non-invasive but powerful adjunctive physiotherapy treatment that delivers acoustic waves to injured soft tissue to for pain relief and to promote healing.

Using both Focal and Radial ESWT at our physiotherapy clinic, Shockwave Therapy a non-invasive treatment to assist with quick healing of injured tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone, etc) at a cellular level. Shockwave works by activating a tissue response by making tissues restart the healing faster while creating minimal scarring.

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Being one of the very few physio clinics in Singapore to fully utilized INDIBA for active rehab, we are proud to say our clients who have received the radiofrequency treatment have reported a decrease in pain immediately post treatment.

INDIBA uses one-of-a-kind long wave radiofrequency of 448 kHz frequency to treat acute, subacute and chronic states of injury. INDIBA creates a therapeutic physio treatment with manual or sports physiotherapy to facilitate tissue recovery while decreasing pain.

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Clinical Pilates is instructed by our highly-experienced trainers to promote strong, stable movement to build muscle strength, improve range of motion, activate postural muscles and the body-brain connection for integrated movement patterns.

As part of our Singapore rehab center, Clinical Pilates targets spine and pelvis alignment in conjunction with breathing and inner core muscles to balance and strengthen the body. Each session may use various rehab techniques, including Pilates reformers, barrel, Stahl bars and other physiotherapy equipment.

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Sports Massage uses intense, detailed manipulation of the soft tissue – muscles, tendons, joint capsules, and fascia – targeted at trouble spots. Specializing in injury management and chronic pain relief massage, and as part of our Singapore sports physio treatments, sports massage therapy helps enhance athletic performance by preventing training injuries and decreasing recovery time.

The massage sessions are highly focused with applied techniques, including myofascial release, deep compression, muscle stripping, and friction, trigger point therapy, stretching, and corrective exercises.

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Red Light Therapy at HelloPhysio energizes cells to drive a host of physiological processes in the body by interacting at the cellular level to restore normal cell function.

Also known as Photobiomodulation, the near infrared therapy improves blood circulation, increases the rate of recovery after injuries, decreases pain and inflammation, boosts energy levels, improves muscle performance, aids in sleep, and a host of other benefits.

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As a treatment option at our Novena physiotherapy clinic, Dry Needling is a popular and effective means to treat pain using a sterile needle inserted to trigger points of the muscle and/or fascia to activate our body’s response for a natural anti-inflammatory recovery process, especially for sports physiotherapy clients. Trigger points are targeted by dry needling as other techniques may not be able to go so deep.

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Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT) is a gentle and non-invasive technique that activates the body’s circulation to help the immune system by working with the interstitial and lymphatic system.

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Craniosacral therapy is a non-invasive process balancing the powerful flow of the cerebrospinal fluids and the nervous system. It is used to activate the body to self heal and restore body balance as part of our services at our physio rehab center in Singapore.

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When the COVID pandemic hit globally, rehabilitation and pain relief practice was mandated to go online as physical therapy care at our physio clinics was restricted. The use of digital communication to provide quality treatments ensured continuity and accessibility of care. From that, we realized the effectiveness and the efficiency of telehealth for physiotherapy and rehab.

Research supports telehealth’s benefits to maintain positive client outcomes, especially when it comes to physiotherapy treatment and rehab in Singapore. We all know that life post pandemic has changed and we will continue to provide Telehealth to clients who meet the needs of online consultation.