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Acupuncture / Dry Needling


Acupuncture refers to the insertion of fine needles into any part of the body for pain relief, healing and general well being.

Each of the organs of the body has its own associated channel or pathway of energy. These are often referred to as meridians, and acupuncture aims to unblock these to restore normal function and body balance. It has been used by the Chinese people for over 3000 years.

In New Zealand the term “Acupuncture” is generally considered to be a broad umbrella term which encompasses different philosophies of needling. You may hear Acupuncture being referred to as Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Western or Medical Acupuncture or Dry Needling.

Our university-trained staff utilise Acupuncture as a treatment technique, in combination with other treatment options to individualise rehabilitation plans and achieve the best outcome for a patient. 

Dry Needling is similar to Acupuncture, however, the process involves rapid, short term needling to altered or dysfunctional tissues in order to improve or restore function. This will likely occur to tight bands of muscle, called trigger points, located within a muscle. Acupuncture needles are placed into the trigger point in the affected muscle until a twitch is felt in the muscle, aiming to reproduce the patient’s symptoms.  More than one trigger point may be needled in a session and the needles are generally not left in place.

As this is a very strong stimulation of the nerve endings, the patient will usually feel a very strong aching sensation and may also feel the twitch response as the trigger point is needled during the treatment. There will sometimes cause post-treatment aching which can continue up to 48 hours after treatment