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Dry Needling & Acupuncture

What is the difference and do I need it?


One of the most common questions we get asked is “Do you do acupuncture or dry needling?”. The short answer is yes, we do both, however this is just the ‘pointy end’ of a longer discussion (pun intended).

Our clinic practices both dry needling and acupuncture, both of which utilize the practice of inserting very fine, sterile needles into the skin and muscle fascia. Both adjuncts employ the same needle but apply different theories and clinical reasoning for their use.

Dry needling

Very fine needles are applied to decrease myofascial tension and improve musculoskeletal function.  The treatment effect is aimed to be essentially similar to a massage, but often easier for the patient and often more effective.


A traditional Chinese medicine tool that applies the theory of meridians and uses needles to affect and restore the body’s qi flow.  Qi or 'energy flow' is the flow of yin and yang and, by restoring this balance, acupuncturists aim to improve systemic health issues, as well as mental health struggles.  Acupuncture is very commonly used for pain management, chronic conditions and stress relief


Now that you know a little more about the difference, come in and see what all the fuss is about and decide for yourself!

Acupuncture old book

 " I believe that there is a definitive crossover between what physios call the Myofascial Matrix and the energetic meridians.   My twenty years of experience in this industry has afforded me a unique perspective, and allows me to utilize both Physiotherapy and Chinese acupuncture in combination to treat my patients with the best of both worlds"

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