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Information regarding Medical Acupuncture (dry needling)


The term ‘medical’ acupuncture is not meant to imply that the use of it is reserved solely by medical doctors, but refers to the idea that this approach to acupuncture is based on the current understanding of structure and function and that diagnosis is based on conventional methods of medical history and examination.


What is dry needling?


The term dry needling was coined by Dr Janet Travell who would use the insertion of hypodermic needles as part of her treatments for trigger point pain.

Occasionally an anaesthetic would be injected into the point (wet needling), but sometimes only the insertion of the hypodermic needle would be used and this specific practice became known as ‘dry needling’.


What you may feel during treatment.



pins and needles




Possible side effect.






needle shock

initial increase in pain upto 24hrs





When should it not be used?


phobia of needles

If you have a known metal allergy, specifically stainless steel

if you have a known infection of the area to be needled 


When should it be used with caution?


have haemophilia

are pregnant

suffer from epilepsy

have a deficient/weakened immune system

have a pacemaker

are taking anticoagulant (blood thinning) medication

are diabetic


These conditions do not exclude you from having Medical Acupuncture but will influence its application.