Clinical Acupuncture is an effective modality used by Physiotherapists to provide relief from persistent pain. It is particularly effective at addressing Myofascial Trigger Points.

Myofascial Trigger Points are formed in muscles that are under load or in spasm. The consequential spasm results in a tight painful muscle and may refer pain beyond the site of the Trigger Point.  A good example of this is buttock and back of the leg pain. Pain referring into the back of the thigh or leg, may be “referred” from a trigger point in a muscle in the buttock. Pain in the back of the leg is termed “Sciatica”, which is commonly over diagnosed as pain referred from the spine – a potentially more serious lower back injury. In most cases, applying acupuncture to the deep buttock muscles will address this.

What areas respond well to clinical acupuncture?

Myofascial Trigger Points are common throughout the body and maybe felt as a thickened nodule or “knot”.  Across the top of the shoulders, pelvis and outside knee are common areas. Also the jaw and elbow injuries such as Tennis and Golfers elbow, respond very well to acupuncture.

What’s the difference between Acupuncture and Dry Needling?

Dry needling is the use of acupuncture on painfully tender points in the body. Clinical Acupuncture is the application of needles to restore health to the body and has its roots in traditional Chinese Medicine and is practiced by a suitably qualified acupuncturist. They are effectively one in the same thing when considering Myofascial Trigger Points. Horizon has practitioners trained in both Clinical Acupuncture and Dry Needling, to provide effective options for painful conditions.

Can everyone receive acupuncture?

No one really likes needles, but acupuncture needles are 1/4mm thick, so significantly thinner than an injection needle. All needles are single use and high grade medical steel. If you have a phobia or intense anxiety towards needles, acupuncture may not be for you. Feel free to talk to your Horizon Physiotherapist about the suitability of acupuncture during your session.