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Dry Needling Acupuncture in Perth

History of Acupuncture

Woman with pink kinesotape on her shoulderAcupuncture has been used for over four thousand years and originates in China and is classed as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is one of many types of alternative medicine used to relieve pain, discomfort and open up energy flow or Chi in the body.

At Complete Care Health, we use Medical Acupuncture also known as ‘Dry Needling’, which addresses more localised issues within the muscle fibres, rather than energy flow. It is called ‘dry’ needling as the needles are not hollow and no fluid is injected into the body

What is Dry Needling

Dry needling is a modified version of acupuncture developed in the last few decades and used in musculoskeletal medicine by physiotherapists, chiropractors, and other manual therapists. Dry needling stimulates the body’s self healing response by inserting the needles through the skin into the muscle fibres to initiate a mild inflammatory response, which encourages more blood flow to the needle site, which also then brings oxygen to the area, and therefore promotes healing.

How Does it Work?

The fully trained therapist will identify trigger points in the muscles which are often tender to touch, hard, tight, lumpy or gritty areas of the muscle. The fine needle is inserted into or next to the “trigger point”. The needles are left in the muscles for only a few minutes and then removed. The insertion of the needle into the tight and overactive muscle can cause muscle twitches or spasms which is an expected response. When dry needling is used in its intended way, it can help release muscle tension in tight or overactive muscles, reduce pain and help the muscles return to their normal function.

Dry Needling can be used to alleviate muscle pain associated with:

  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Tennis Elbow

N.B- risks associated with dry needling can include bleeding, localised bruising and soreness however, these are temporary risks. If you have any questions or concerns following treatment, don’t hesitate to contact the clinic.


Dry Needling Acupuncture Ellenbrook WA | 08 9297 4800