Acupuncture and Dry-needling

What is Acupuncture?


Acupuncture is an ancient holistic therapy which is believed to have been developed in China over 3000 years ago. It involves extremely thin, sterile, flexible needles being inserted superficially (only a few millimetres deep) into muscles and soft tissue.

By simply inserting the dry needle into the appropriate acupuncture point, pain relief can be achieved through the reflex relaxation of an active trigger point. This relaxation has been shown with controlled clinical trials to be caused by the reflex inhibition of small diameter peripheral nerve endings. Pain caused by active trigger points has been recognised for over 50 years in medical science.

However, by combining dry needling with Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, acupuncture can work at a deeper level. When used along specific points, acupuncture can stimulate or depress certain musculoskeletal, myofascial and soft tissue structures.

Acupuncture Newtown


Clinically, acupuncture continues to be researched and has been shown to be effective in reducing pain in two ways. Firstly, through the reflex inhibition mechanism previously mentioned associated with trigger point release.
Secondly, acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins from certain deep centres of our brain and central nervous system. Endorphins can be described as our bodies’ “natural pain killer”.

In this way, some of our clinical staff use acupuncture / dry needling as a tool to either reduce muscle spasm or create pain relief. Our clients find it very helpful and very safe. In fact it is so safe that some of our team have been using acupuncture for over 20 years without a single adverse reaction.  If you need this type of treatment, your therapist will discuss this with you.

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Acupuncture Darlinghurst


Activephysio’s Darlinghurst Physiotherapy Clinic is conveniently located on the Surry Hills side of Oxford St and a stone’s throw from Oxford St in Darlinghurst. Our new address is Shop 1/220 Goulburn St Darlinghurst. There is convenient 2-hour parking along the street and all adjoining streets, and we are 500m from Central Train Station. We are moments from the buses on Oxford Street as well.

Are you looking for a Darlinghurst physio clinic that offers acupuncture services? If so, Active Physio may be just what you’re looking for. Our team of highly skilled physiotherapists are experienced in providing effective acupuncture treatments to help relieve pain and improve mobility. Whether you’re dealing with chronic pain or recent injury, we can work with you to develop a treatment plan that will help you achieve your goals. If you’re interested in learning more about our acupuncture services, or any of the other services we offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We would be happy to answer any of your questions.

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