Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine | Dry Needling

Dry Needling Ferntree Gully

At Balanced Life Health Care Ferntree Gully, we perform both modern and traditional Acupuncture and Dry Needling styles. We use Dry Needling to treat many different types of conditions, such as pain and musculoskeletal disorders.


What can Dry Needling be used for?


Needling therapies such as Acupuncture or Dry needling can be useful in managing the pain and symptoms of:


  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Knee pain
  • Headaches and migraine
  • Tennis elbow
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica
  • General pain relief


What is the difference between Dry Needling & Acupuncture?


Dry needling is a term that was derived in the early 1940s by a technique developed by Janet Travell and David Simons. Sometimes called Trigger point therapy, Myofacial trigger point needling or Western Acupuncture. Dry needling initially was the injection of substance such as orticosteroids, saline solution and analgesics into sites of trigger Points which are essentially a site of irritation within the muscle fibre which can form a knot or small area of muscle tightness, pain or contraction. Dry needling now mostly uses filiform needles commonly used in Acupuncture. Dry Needling is a subpart of Acupuncture.


Acupuncture typically described a form of needle therapy performed by an Acupuncturist. The needles are inserted into “neural nodes” (or as we call the in Chinese ‘Jie’) and the stimulation of these nodes affects both the central and peripheral nervous systems. It triggers the release of the body’s internal chemicals such as endorphins and encephalin, which have pain-relieving properties. No Acupuncture does not work on energy flow or meridians, as incorrectly quoted as a point of difference by many manual therapists who perform dry needling. It works directly or indirectly on the injured body part.


The main difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture, is the areas of needle insertion even in the same condition and the duration of needle retention. For examples an Acupuncturist may incorporate dry needling with distal needling styles, and will leave the needles in for a longer duration, a twitch response is not always necessary in Acupuncture.


Want to know more about the two different styles?

Our two different styles


First off, it is important to know there is no minimum level of training required to offer Dry Needling services and treatments. Many of the local courses found in Melbourne are 1 -2 day courses with no clinical supervision. At Balanced Life Health Care we ofter two different needling styles; Acupuncture and Myotherapy Dry Needling. The benefits of having Acupuncture or Dry Needling from a registered Acupuncturist include;


  • Less pain more options
    Dry needling is only one needling technique used by a registered Acupuncturist, they may use various styles to get the best treatment outcome for you. At Balanced Life Health Care, we use more gentle needle techniques to help you get better results than just dry needling alone.
  • Improved safety
    Much longer and more specific training in using Acupuncture needles so you are in safer hands.
  • Improve function and Pain relief
    Acupuncture is just one technique we can use for muscle pain and dysfunction. We also have additional tools including diet, Chinese herbal medicine, pain relief supplementation and exercise therapy.


If you are specifically looking for Dry Needling we also offer Dry Needling alongside our Myotherapy and remedial Massage. For more information about Myotherapy or to book a myotherapy session use the link below;

Balanced Life Health Care | Ferntree Gully Acupuncture | Ferntree Gully Dry Needling serving Berwick and Melbourne’s South East including Ferntree Gully, Upper Ferntree Gully, Upway, Tecoma, Boronia, Rowville, Scoresby, Bayswater, The Basin, Croydon, Belgrave, Lysterfield, Knoxfield, Glen Waverley, Wheeler’s Hill, Ringwood, Wantirna South