What Ailments Can Acupuncture Assist With?


A Guide to Pain Relief


In recent years, acupuncture has gained significant traction as an effective method for pain management. Originating from traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body. This ancient practice, now backed by modern research, shows promise in treating various forms of pain. As physiotherapists, we often integrate acupuncture into our holistic approach to patient care.

Understanding Acupuncture and Its Benefits

How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing processes. By targeting specific points, it helps in releasing endorphins – the body’s natural painkillers. This process reduces pain and promotes relaxation.

Ailments Treated by Acupuncture

Acupuncture is particularly effective in providing short-term relief from:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches
  • Muscle Pain
  • Joint Pain

For individualised advice on managing pain, consulting a qualified physiotherapist or healthcare practitioner is crucial.

Acupuncture in Physiotherapy Practice

Physiotherapists often incorporate Western Acupuncture into treatment plans, offering a multidisciplinary approach to pain management. This combination has been found to accelerate the healing process and improve overall treatment outcomes.

Different Techniques in Acupuncture

  • Traditional Acupuncture: Involves the insertion of needles at specific points to balance the body’s energy flow.
  • Dry Needling: Focuses on relieving muscle pain and tightness by targeting trigger points.
  • Acupressure: A non-invasive approach using manual pressure instead of needles.
  • Trigger Point Therapy: Relieves pain through direct pressure and release techniques on specific muscle areas.

Reimbursement and Coverage

Private health funds in Australia offer rebates for acupuncture and dry needling when performed by a licensed physiotherapist.

What to Do Next?

When to Seek a Physiotherapist’s Advice

  • Persistent or recurring pain
  • Limited mobility or discomfort in daily activities
  • Post-injury or surgery recovery

Finding the Right Practitioner

Ensure your physiotherapist is registered and experienced in acupuncture or dry needling. Personalised treatment plans offer the best outcomes.


Acupuncture, when administered by a qualified physiotherapist, can be a powerful tool in pain management and recovery. Its integration into modern physiotherapy practices allows patients to experience a holistic approach to healing. Always consult a healthcare professional for tailored advice and treatment.