Dry Needling

Dry Needling utilises sterile single use acupuncture needles therapeutically to symptomatic trigger points in muscles and associated soft tissue structures.

Trigger points are tender/ tight bands of muscle which can be present due to injury or overuse and cause pain when squeezed or pressed. Often a “twitch” is produced resulting in muscle relaxation, reduction of tension, increased local blood flow and pain relieving effects via stimulation of spinal reflexes. There is a growing body of research to support dry needling as part of effective therapy for a wide range of conditions. It is a useful tool used as part of a best treatment package rather than a stand alone “quick fix”.

Western Acupuncture
Is a form of acupuncture which is different to traditional TCM acupuncture. Acupuncture needles are used to meridian points but applied via a “western” (scientific) reasoning with consideration to neurophysiology and anatomy. Points are stimulated to create local, spinal segmental or supraspinal pain modulating effects.

Who gets needled?
We do not use needles on all of our clients and of course some folks just hate needles! All clients are carefully assessed before any treatments including needling and there are certain contra-indications to needling also. We develop our treatment plans in conjunction with our clients and listen to your needs.

Are We acupuncturists?
Our Physios have completed post graduate courses in Western Acupuncture and Dry Needling as endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association. We are not Traditional Chinese Acupuncturists (TCM) and don’t pretend to be. We don’t provide acupuncture for weight loss, smoking, fertility, asthma etc.
Many of the needle sites may be very similar to TCM however the reasoning behind our selection of points is different and utilises a western scientific reasoning. Did you know that even within the TCM model there are different approaches?

Private Clients

Private Clients

A referral is not required for Physio as a private client. If you have private insurance health fund extras cover please bring your fund card and we can process your claim directly via HICAPs. Also bring along any relevant reports, scans etc.

Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC)

Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC)

Physio can attract rebates through Medicare EPC program for chronic disease management [item 723, 721, 732]. Up to 5 allied health consultations per year, or 10 for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders. There are qualifying criteria and a GP referral is required for this program. Please bring along your referral, Medicare card and EFT card. Clients pay for the consultation and then the Medicare rebate is processed onsite back into your account. This is not a bulk billing service, the out of pocket expense is $19.05 per visit.

CTP Third Party Claims

CTP Third Party Claims

Our clinic is registered to provide rehabilitation from any Compulsory Third Party motor vehicle accident claims. Please bring along your GP referral and current acceptance of liability specific for physiotherapy. If all details are correct we can invoice the insurer directly.

DVA

DVA

Our Physios are Accredited DVA providers. Please bring along your Gold or White Card as well as a current GP referral and we can claim directly through DVA.

Work Injury

Work Injuries

For Early Intervention services appointments are made by your HSO and invoiced via pre-arranged PO numbers or paid over the phone via credit card. Normally up to 5 sessions would be directly funded by your employer and then by their Workers Compensation Insurance company if beyond this.
For Workers Compensation injuries please bring along your GP referral and Certificate of Capacity, Insurance Company Information including Claim Number so that we can invoice directly as well as any other relevant reports and scans etc. Our physios are accredited NSW SIRA Workers Compensation Providers.

What to expect in your consult?

Your initial new episode consultation will involve a comprehensive assessment where we ascertain your relevant history and medical history, followed by a physical examination to determine the diagnosis and cause of your problem.

This will be discussed with you where we form a treatment plan for your needs. The treatment may vary but will often include a combination of “hands on therapies”, taping, advice, exercise therapies, dry needling as well as other options.

Conditions we help with:

FAQ's

How long is the consultation?
Do I need a referral?
What should I wear?
What should I bring?
Can I see the Physio today?
Can Physios refer for Xrays and scans?
Do you accept all health funds?
How much does it cost to see the Physio?
Can you bulk bill Physiotherapy?
Are you NDIS registered?
Is there a cancellation policy?
How long is the consultation?

New episode physio appointments are normally 45 minutes to allow us the time to adequately assess, diagnose, develop a management plan and treat your condition or injury. Subsequent appointments are generally 30 minutes in duration.

Do I need a referral?

For private clients no referral is required so you can book in straight away! If you have a work injury, DVA, Medicare EPC or 3rd party insurance claim then a referral is required.

What should I wear?

Please bring along/ wear suitable light loose fitting clothing that you can move in and to allow access to your problem area. Eg. for the neck/ shoulder a light singlet, shorts for the knee/ ankle. We also have gowns available. Bring along your running shoes if you have foot and ankle problems.

What should I bring?

Please bring all recent relevant reports, scans, letters and any other information regarding your injury with you. You may also bring a medication list if you have one.

Can I see the Physio today?

Our physios are popular, however in most cases we can help you see a physio within 24 hours. You can check availability by selecting a service below, and if nothing suits give us a call and we’ll do our best to make something work.

Can Physios refer for Xrays and scans?

Physios can refer for spinal xrays via Medicare if indicated (though in the vast majority of cases they are not indicated). For peripheral xrays and other scans a GP or Specialist referral is required for Medicare funding coverage- we can advise you if we think that these are necessary and liaise directly with your doctor to arrange fast tracking when needed.

Do you accept all health funds?

Yes, we provide on the spot claims with your health fund with our HICAPs terminal, the vast majority of funds are eligible via HICAPs.

How much does it cost to see the Physio?

What can we help you with? Feel free to give us a call or chat with us here online and we’ll be happy to talk about the fees with you. The cost to fix your problem will depend on a number of factors which we can clearly discuss at your first consultation where we strive to work within your budget and needs.

Can you bulk bill Physiotherapy?

No, however as Medicare registered providers we can process your claim with Medicare who will contribute $52.95 towards your appointment fee if you have a GP referral under the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan. After claiming you are just paying the $19.05 difference, that’s all. Your doctor (GP) can refer you for up to 5 sessions in a year for chronic conditions such as Diabetes.

Are you NDIS registered?

We are not presently NDIS registered however we can see NDIS clients who are “self managed”. Please contact us for more information regarding this service.

Is there a cancellation policy?

We understand that life gets hectic and doesn’t always go to plan! Our therapists are in demand though so if you are unable to make your appointment then someone else misses out too. Should you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please inform us at least 6 hours prior as per our late notice fee policy.

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