Acupuncture & Dry Needling

What’s the difference between Acupuncture and Dry Needling?

Acupuncture was developed in China over 5000 years ago and involves placing needles at specific points along bodily lines (known as meridians) and involves the flow of “Chi” to help ease pain and other sufferings. At Spine & Sports Physiotherapy we use the “Western Acupuncture” approach, which involves these same points but is based on how these points relate to the nervous system and it’s pain relieving effects on the human body.

Dry Needling involves the treatment of pain by relaxing tight bands in the muscle known as “trigger points”. These trigger points can sometimes also prevent the muscles from working correctly. By deactivating these trigger points with a needle, we can significantly reduce pain, normalise movement and improve muscle function. Just like Acupuncture, there is no injection of any substance, which is why it is referred to as “dry” needling.

All of our physiotherapists at Spine & Sports Physiotherapy are trained in both Acupuncture and Dry Needling and can therefore use a combination of the two approaches to help you recover from pain and injury quicker.

How can Acupuncture and Dry Needling help you?

  • Ease long-standing or “chronic” pain in your neck and shoulders. Problems in these areas are also a major cause of constant headaches and migraines.
  • Reduce stiffness caused by arthritis, degeneration or wear and tear in your lower back. Acupuncture is proven to help joints feel more mobile and supple.
  • Release tension from tight muscles that just don’t seem to want to relax. This tension may have built up in your calves from running long distances or wearing high heels.
  • Relief from nerve pains, such as Sciatica and Trapped Nerves. Medical research proves that Acupuncture is an effective treatment option in treating nerve pain.
  • It is proven, completely natural way to relieve pain and can be used in combination with other therapies. As our sessions are always performed by expert physiotherapists, you’ll have a wealth of knowledge to access to get the health benefits you desire.

Are there any side effects?

Usually not.

Acupuncture and Dry Needling are very safe and a natural way to relieve pain and encourage the body to promote it’s own healing.

You will likely feel a small pin prick upon insertion of the needle, and you might get a dull ache afterwards. There may also be a small red mark where the needle has been inserted, which is a sign of inflammation and indicates the start of the healing process.