Acupuncture and dry needling techniques are used with other modalities to help you advance in your treatment. The technique requires an intensive clinical reasoning process for proper application. 

Physiotherapists use acupuncture/dry needling techniques for the management of both acute and chronic conditions.

For example, acupuncture is a useful intervention in a range of conditions including, but not limited to, the treatment of headaches, shoulder pain, osteoarthritis, stroke rehabilitation, and other chronic respiratory conditions.

Dry needling is a newer practice that attempts to release tension from knots and pressure points in muscles. However, dry needling and acupuncture have similar application procedures.

In this article, we will learn more about how the physiotherapists use acupuncture and dry needling treatment:

What are acupuncture and dry needling treatment?

Acupuncture Treatment improves pain modulation by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to release hormones, which promotes sleep and wellbeing.

These chemicals assist the body’s healing process.

What are acupuncture and dry needling techniques?

The acupuncture and dry needling technique use needles to help the muscle knots relax or release myofascial trigger points. It is a clean and safe technique that can reduce myofascial pain, muscle tightness, and headaches.

During the procedure, the physiotherapist inserts a needle into a tight band of muscle, which can cause brief localized discomfort, but is effective immediately.

The most common practice is to leave the needle in the muscle for 10–30 minutes. However, there are other types of dry needling techniques:

  • The in and out technique, during which the physiotherapist inserts the needle into a trigger point and removes it right away
  • The non-trigger points technique, during which the physiotherapist inserts needles into the surrounding muscle, instead of a knot or pressure point.

What to expect For Acupuncture and Dry needling Treatment?

Generally, the physiotherapists conduct the acupuncture treatment with the use of single-use, pre-sterilized, disposable needles of varying sizes that pierce the skin at specific acupuncture points. These needles are typically left in position for about 20-30 minutes before being removed.

At the starting point, the physiotherapist will run through a detailed history and examination to assess your suitability to acupuncture.  You also need to alert the physiotherapist of any medical conditions you may suffer from, such as diabetes, heart problems, and low blood pressure.`

To begin with the real procedure, the physiotherapist will determine the acupuncture points, after a thorough examination.  The Acupuncture Treatment plan may combine the traditional technique of finding out the acupuncture points only, trigger points, or a combination of both.

Clients will generally require about three sessions before the physiotherapist can access any cause and effect reasoning, though some people may show immediate effects after treatment.

How safe are acupuncture and dry needling?

As compared to other modalities used in medicine, Acupuncture and Dry Needling Treatment is considered to be very safe.

At Physio experts, we use sterile, single needles so that there is no risk of infection, and our physiotherapists are highly trained and implement the strictest hygiene standards.

The whole dry needling and acupuncture Treatment has minimal side effects, which is less than 1 in 10,000 treatments.

Acupuncture and Dry Needling Treatment at PhysioExperts

At PhysioExperts, we’ve been giving care for over 10 years. Our personalized physiotherapy services have helped our clients to receive quality treatment.

We have a team of Licensed Physiotherapists certified in acupuncture who are involved in on-going post-graduate courses, ensuring current and research-based treatment approaches.


Dry needling and acupuncture Treatment is one of the many services that we offer to our clients. We apply these techniques as a part of our overall physiotherapy plan to manage symptoms.

Besides, our physiotherapy packages come integrated with other treatment techniques, education, and exercises to help with your condition. Get In touch to know more.

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