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Dry Needling vs Acupuncture

Dry needling and acupuncture are often confused. While the same needles are used in both therapies, the approach and philosophy behind the therapies differ. Acupuncture falls within the scope of traditional Chinese medicine and involves inserting needles at acupuncture points which are often found along meridian lines. The specific acupuncture points relate to different regions and organs of the body.

Dry needling on the other hand is used to treat musculoskeletal and myofascial dysfunction. It is commonly used in the treatment of acute and chronic injuries, muscle pain and tightness/spasm.

Doctor uses needles for treatment of the patient

The benefits of dry needling include:


        Improved muscle function and flexibility

        Increased blood flow – which in turn aid in providing nutrients and removing waste

        Breaks up adhesion with the muscle

        Changes neural input with twitch response which results in muscle relaxation, and may result in a systemic pain inhibiting effect  

Most osteopaths at Middle Park Osteopathic Clinic are trained in dry needling therapy. If you feel dry needling is something you would like to try, talk to your Osteopath on your next treatment.


Monica Round

This post was written by Dr Monica Bassier.

You can find out more about Monica and our Osteopaths here or book an appointment here.

Alternative, you can call the clinic on 03 9908 2844.

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