Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling)

What is Medical Acupuncture/Dry Needling?

Western medical acupuncture, also known as myofascial dry needling involves the insertion of fine needles into the body's muscles or fascia to stimulate a therapeutic response. It is an adaptation of traditional or Chinese medicine using current knowledge of anatomy, pathology and physiology and the principles of evidence based medicine.

How does it work?

The main therapeutic effects of medical acupuncture are through stimulation of the nervous system (sensory stimulation), leading to a release of various localised hormones, and a decrease in the sensation of pain. This can then aid in your body's natural inflammatory response and aid in the healing mechanism.

What is it used for?

Dry needling is primarily used in the muscles and fascia to alleviate pain and muscle spasm or tender points. As an addition to other therapies such as chiropractic, it is often used to treat:

Tennis and golfers elbow (lateral epicondylitis)

Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic)

Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis

Back pain

Neck pain

Muscle spasms

Rotator cuff injuries, disease or disorders


Shoulder complaints (dysfunction, disorders and pain)

Tension and inability to relax

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Medical acupuncture is used alongside Chiropractic treatment at Pure Health Chiropractic & Wellness, and is typically not used as a stand-alone option. If you would like to have medical acupuncture treatment, please book an initial Chiropractic assessment with one of our chiropractors to determine if it is applicable to your complaint.

Initial consultation

For new patients or
3 years since your last visit.

Please allow up to 60 mins


(normally including first treatment)


If you haven't seen us for 18 months,
or have a new complaint.

Please allow up to 40 mins


Follow-Up Treatment

Standard chiropractic treatment for existing patients.

Please allow up to 20 mins


Other Services

For more information about the types of services we offer, please see What We Do, or our Contact page.