Most people have heard of acupuncture but may not have heard of Dry Needling. So what is the difference? Dry needling is aligned with current western medicine principles and sports medicine. It involves the insertion of fine needles into tight areas of muscles known as trigger points and can be an effective form of treatment for many musculoskeletal conditions such as headaches, tennis elbow and lower back pain. It is an excellent adjunct to soft tissue massage to reduce muscular pain and stiffness. In comparison Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture involves the use of meridians or pathways that are believed to regulate "chi" in ones body. Whilst there is growing research into its effectiveness, currently there is limited evidence to support its use in management of musculoskeletal conditions.
At South Melbourne Physiotherapy Clinic our physiotherapists have extensive experience in dry needling and can offer it as part of your physiotherapy consultation at no extra charge.