Acupuncture and Dry Needling

Acupuncture and dry needling have been shown in published clinical trials to be effective at treating a number of musculoskeletal conditions including lower back pain, neck pain, headaches, migraines, pelvic girdle pain, shoulder dysfunction, knee pain (particularly involving osteoarthritis), tennis elbow pain, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain and dysfunction, chronic pain and depression.

Acupuncture and dry needling has emerged as a specialty postgraduate skill for physiotherapists in western countries over the past three decades. Physiotherapists are particularly suited to perform acupuncture and dry needling as part of their treatment repertoire due to their extensive training in anatomy, pathology, neurophysiology, and movement analysis. The physiotherapists at Robina Physiotherapy may use a combination western acupuncture and/or dry needling to assist in your recovery.

Dry Needling involves needling to tissues in order to improve or restore function. Acupuncture and Dry NeedlingThis may include needling of myofascial trigger points and periosteum. Dry needling uses solid filiform or acupuncture needles for therapy of musculoskeletal conditions. Dry needling contrasts with the use of a hollow hypodermic needlewhich are used to inject substances such as saline solution, botox or corticosteroids to the same point. The use of a solid acupuncture type needle have been found to be as effective as the injection of substances into muscles and connective tissue to relieve pain.

Acupuncture and dry needling techniques are similar, but their rationale and use in treatment are different. ‘Western acupuncture’ is a hybrid western medical version of acupuncture where acupuncture is separated from its theoretical framework within Chinese Medicine and applied to a neurophysiological framework to reason point selection and its use clinically. Essential to both dry needling and western acupuncture is a sound medical diagnosis from which clinical reasoning is applied by the physiotherapist as to the selection of local trigger points or acupuncture points used.