Dry needling is a ‘Western style’ of Acupuncture that is used to manage injuries and their symptoms via its affect on the nervous system at localised myofascial trigger points.
Expertly applied, dry needling provides substantially more release than a heavy massage does and with far less surrounding tissue damage. As a result, Dry Needling is now used widely in sports medicine and day-to-day physiotherapy and is a large part of Bodyfocus Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic’s specialty.
Dry needling is not Acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by Acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine and based around principles that follow the anatomical function on the muscular and nervous system.
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A trigger point is a localised taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch, and touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body.
This tightness in the musculature related to trigger points is thought to be related to changes in the nerve bundles within the muscle. Effecting these trigger points may provide a direct link to effect the nervous system to assist in changing muscle tone and therefore how muscles act on our joints.
Your physiotherapist will identify active and painful trigger points to ‘needle’. Dry needling has been proven to reduce and remove trigger points and muscle spasm which may be present after an injury.
Lucy is a passionate physiotherapist who graduated from Charles Sturt University Albury-Wodonga. Lucy studied ballet from age 11 and has danced both in Australia and in the UK. Lucy has enjoyed a variety of clinical settings, both public and private, encompassing cardiorespiratory, orthopaedics, vestibular/neurological physiotherapy, general musculoskeletal injuries and women’s health, where she found a keen interest in furthering her clinical skills.
With a 10 year background of full time ballet training, Lucy has gained an in-depth understanding of the demands sport puts on the body and what it takes to become a successful dancer and athlete. Lucy also has a strong interest in sporting injuries and worked as the Head Sports Trainer with an O&M league AFL team in Albury for 2 seasons. Lucy believes that the key to effective rehabilitation and future injury prevention is to empower patients to take control of their own health.
Having recently moved to Sydney, Lucy is on the hunt for the best hiking locations! In her spare time, you can find her at the gym, exploring Sydney with friends or getting stuck in a good book.
Sabina has completed a Bachelor of Health Science/Mastering in Podiatric Medicine at University of Western Sydney. She has experienced working in different treatment settings including private practice, hospitals and mobile care. One experience in which takes forefront in her experiences is working in Ireland at Merlin Park Hospital.
She incorporates evidence based treatment plans in all scopes of podiatry including the general and chronic foot, injuries and pain, nail surgery, biomechanics and paediatrics. Outside of the clinic environment Sabina enjoys running, playing netball and playing the violin.
From early childhood, Louis was exposed to Chiropractic due to his scoliosis and constant back pain. Being only 10 years of age, he was unable to participate in social and sports activities in fear of being in pain. Upon seeing the benefits of Chiropractic for his back, Louis focused his life on helping others achieving a pain free and healthy lifestyle.
Louis graduated with a Bachelor and Masters of Chiropractic Science from Macquarie University. After practicing in the best clinics in Sydney, he is now the founder of Dynamic Spine Clinic. He is a very passionate and motivated practitioner that makes your problems his own.
Louis has a extensive knowledge in posture and back related injuries. He combines his treatment with soft tissue therapy, acupuncture, rehabilitation and lifestyle advice. His treatments are individualized to suit each patient in order to achieve the best outcome possible.
Louis has a passion for soccer, tennis and rugby. He also earned local, regional and state level competition titles as a squad swimmer.
His goal is to inspire, educate and encourage his patients to reach a happy and enjoyable lifestyle. He believes that Chiropractic care is an essential tool to maintain wellness, improve posture, eliminate pain and stress.
Sarah is a passionate physiotherapist who graduated with distinction from Charles Sturt University, Orange, NSW. Sarah has worked within the public health system and has experience in orthopaedic, fracture clinic, medical, respiratory, musculoskeletal, rehabilitation, hydrotherapy, emergency department, intensive care and women’s health physiotherapy.
Sarah has an interest in all areas of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and is always looking for opportunities to expand her knowledge to grow as a clinician. Sarah is highly ambitious and applies herself in all areas of work and life. She is driven by her desire to become a go-to physiotherapist by providing the best evidenced-based care to all of her clients to achieve positive outcomes. Sarah enjoys staying active, being outdoors, and socialising. Sarah enjoys new experiences and is always willing to try new things. Sarah believes you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it and are willing to put in the effort.
Sarah has completed training in comprehensive assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor. This includes complete subjective and objective (including internal examinations) of pelvic floor problems, such as:
Sarah consults from our Rhodes clinic.
Wilson graduated from University of Sydney as a physiotherapist and he has always been keen on learning new things so that he can do what is best for patients. On top of ongoing professional development, he completed a Master in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from University of Melbourne to gain further knowledge.
Wilson has worked in various private practices in the past and managed a variety of clienteles, from acute musculoskeletal and sports injuries to pre/post-op rehabilitation, and from injury prevention to performance enhancement. He has also done a range of sports coverage as a physiotherapist, such as City2Surf and Sydney Half Marathon etc.
Wilson has done extensive training and obtained certifications in multiple techniques and areas, below are some examples but not limited to:
When Wilson is not working and not injured (if injured, rest and doing own rehab), he plays competitive table tennis. He is also a recreational road and trail runner.
Wilson can speak Cantonese and Mandarin.
Jay is a relaxed yet attentive and thorough physiotherapist whose passion lies in sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. He has worked in private practices in North Sydney and Richmond, as well as doing sports coverage work over a variety of sports including Gridiron, Football (Soccer), Rugby Union, Rugby League, AFL and is currently the lead physiotherapist of the West Tigers SG Ball (Under 18) and Harold Matthews Squads (Under 15). He was recently part of the medical team working at the Goldcoast Commonwealth Games in April 2018.
Jay is currently completing postgraduate qualifications in Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University as well as attending regular professional development courses. As a result, Jay is extremely knowledgeable and skilful with the ability to lead you to excellent results. He will find out why you cannot perform at your peak and develop a treatment plan that addresses your goals.
Jay also has had experience playing cricket, having played 1st grade cricket for the North-West Sydney Hurricanes in the Sydney Shires Competition and understands the frustration that “weekend warrior” athletes have with missing out on playing sports due to an injury.
He has completed advanced training in:
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