Acupuncture & Dry Needling
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the Chinese art of medicine dating back to thousands of years in China and other parts of East Asia. Chinese medicine states that an illness is due to an imbalance in the body’s energy. This energy is known as Qi.
Qi runs throughout the body by way of channels and meridians that run both superficially & deep. Traditionally, acupuncture promotes the free flow of the body’s Qi (energy) to bring the body into its natural balance.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is an effective and efficient technique for the treatment of muscular pain and myofascial dysfunction. Dry needling or intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is a technique that Dr Chan Gunn developed. Dry needling is a beneficial method to relax overactive muscles.
In simple terms, the treatment involves the needling of a muscle’s trigger points without injecting any substance. Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles are the basis of dry needling. It should not be confused with the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique of acupuncture. However, since both dry needling and acupuncture utilise the same filament needles, the confusion is understandable.
Private Health Fund Rebates
Most private health funds offer rebates on acupuncture or dry needling treatments as a component of your physiotherapy or acupuncture consultation.
For specific advice regarding your pain or health condition, please consult with your trusted healthcare practitioner. They will be able to discuss the appropriateness of acupuncture based on your clinical assessment.
What Conditions Could Acupuncture or Dry Needling Help?
Acupuncture or dry needling may be considered by your healthcare professional after their thorough assessment in the following conditions: