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We often get asked in practice if dry needling is the same as acupuncture. Although the same fine needles are used to elicit a change or reaction within the body, there are some key differences between the two.


What is dry needling and how does this differ to acupuncture?

Dry needling involves inserting sterile needles into trigger points within the muscle. Trigger points are taut bands of muscle which can cause and contribute to pain within the body. Inserting the needle into these trigger points will elicite a local ‘twitch’ response, allowing the muscle to then relax and begin to function more optimally. Blood and nutrients also travel to the area, further aiding in tissue healing.

This differs to acupuncture, where needles are placed into specific meridians or pathways within the body. The aim of acupuncture is to reduce pain by restoring the energy flow of the body, otherwise known as ‘chi’.


What conditions may dry needling help with?

Dry needling may be able to help with a variety of conditions such as:

  • Headaches
  • Postural related pain
  • Tendinitis
  • Muscle strains
  • Joint pain
  • Repetitive strain injuries

What are the benefits of dry needling? 

Some of the common benefits of dry needling may include:

  • Decreased pain
  • Improved range of motion
  • Enhanced blood flow


Who can perform dry needling?

Here at Wellness Embodied we have a team of highly qualified and experienced practitioners who can perform dry needling in conjunction with your treatment session. Our practitioners will also go through a comprehensive case history to determine whether you are suitable, and ensure that we have your consent for treatment.


For more information about our practitioners at Wellness Embodied who do dry needling, contact our friendly admin staff on 07 4231 9777 or email the clinic on admin@wellnessembodiedcairns.com

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