Pro Medical SA is a group of Medical Practices in Adelaide that offers state of the art facilities with the aim of delivering the highest level of patient care. Our Adelaide General Practitioners have a focus on Family Medicine encompassing all age groups.

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Pro Dental SA is an Adelaide Family Dental Surgery that places an emphasis on preventative care and maintenance. Our Adelaide Dentists are focused on delivering high quality treatments and services in a relaxed and family friendly environment.

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Kidman Park

Pro Physio SA is an Adelaide Physio and Pilates Practice that is focused on providing the very best physiotherapy treatment, intervention and rehabilitation.

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Pro Podiatry SA is an Adelaide based Podiatry and Orthotic Practice. With an emphasis on communication and education, our Adelaide Podiatrists can help devise a management plan to help treat and resolve a range of complex foot and ankle conditions.

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Pro Psychology SA is an Adelaide Psychology Practice, that prides itself on a commitment to professional quality care to achieve the best possible outcomes and goals for individuals, couples and families.

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Pro Nutrition SA is an Adelaide based Dietetic Practice. We aim to provide optimal patient care with an emphasis on dietary advice & education by providing tailored recommendations that are specific to each patient's needs.

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Pro Remedial SA is an Adelaide Remedial Massage Practice that is focused on assisting patients in all aspects of Remedial Massage, Sports Massage and Therapeutic Massage, including Sports Injury Management, Positional Release, Cupping Therapy, Acupressure and Lymphatic Drainage.

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Pro Studio SA is an Adelaide based Pilates Studio, Gym and Rehabilitation Facility. Pro Studio SA offers a safe environment for individuals looking to implement a program of muscular strengthening, conditioning and/or specialised rehabilitation under the careful instruction of our team of Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists and Personal Trainers.

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Kidman Park

Pro Exercise SA is an Adelaide based Exercise Physiology Practice that focuses on prevention and treatment of injury and chronic illness through structured exercise participation.

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Kidman Park

Dry Needling

In recent times, Dry needling has become a treatment technique that many Physiotherapists and Remedial Massage Therapists commonly use to treat myofascial trigger point pain. There are mainly two types of Dry Needling, superficial dry needling (SDN) and deep dry needling (DDN). SDN involves the insertion of a needle into the skin immediately overlaying a myofascial trigger point (depth: 4-10mm) and DDN has the same objective of deactivation of trigger points but a deeper insertion (depth: 10-45mm varies according to the anatomical site) of the needle into the trigger point region.

Dry needling is often mistaken as the same treatment technique as acupuncture due to the utilisation of the same type of needle, but it’s important to keep in mind that they are different modalities. The main difference between the two techniques is that dry needling is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles whereas acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Modern scientific research supports the positive outcomes of Dry Needling, as it inhibits the transmission of pain signals in our spinal cord and increases the release of our own pain relieving chemicals (endogenous opioids) within our brain.

The effects of Dry Needling:

  • Pain relief
  • Improved muscle length (active and passive range of motion) by reducing muscle tone/spasm
  • Improved motor recruitment pattern
  • Improved sleep and relaxation
  • Improved blood circulation

After the first treatment, the response usually lasts 2-3 days, but can last for weeks and months depending on the individual. In acute/subacute pain, treatment can be repeated 2-3 times per week. Chronic pain may only require 3-4 weekly treatments as deemed necessary by the treating physiotherapist.

Dry needling is an effective treatment tool for treating muscular pain and myofascial dysfunction, but it is essential to remember it is not a cure for all musculoskeletal disorders. Although dry needling may be beneficial for pain management, patients are recommended to engage in active management (corrective exercises, re-training and mechanotherapy) for long-term pain management and future injury prevention to achieve optimal outcome and avoid therapy dependency.

Pro Physio SA, Dong Lee, Physiotherapist

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