Acupuncture by another name: Dry needling in Australia

Janz, Stephen and Adams, Jon (2011) Acupuncture by another name: Dry needling in Australia. Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, 6 2: 3-11.

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Author Janz, Stephen
Adams, Jon
Title Acupuncture by another name: Dry needling in Australia
Language of Title eng
Journal name Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Language of Journal Name eng
ISSN 1833-9735
Publication date 2011-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 6
Issue 2
Start page 3
End page 11
Total pages 9
Place of publication Coorparoo, QLD, Australia
Publisher Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association
Language eng
Abstract Like acupuncture, dry needling involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into specific points on the body to improve health. Unlike acupuncture, the practice of dry needling is unregulated in Australia. This paper challenges the notion that dry needling is not a part of acupuncture practice and also examines the risks associated with the practice of dry needling from a public health perspective. The practice of acupuncture and dry needling are first examined and compared to identify commonalities. A review into the incidence of risks of dry needling reveals very limited literature with only one case report and no review articles identified. Based on the similarities between acupuncture and dry needling, the extensive literature on the serious risks of acupuncture is extrapolated to evaluate the risks of dry needling. Dry needling is not a new or separate practice to acupuncture; rather it is a subsystem of musculoskeletal acupuncture which has been practised continuously for at least 1400 years. Dry needling is a pseudonym for a brief course of study in myofascial acupuncture also known as ashi acupuncture and trigger point acupuncture. Dry needling is likely to result in an increased incidence of serious risks, particularly pneumothorax, due to the short training courses and deep needling techniques which typify the practice. In the interest of public health and safety, the practice of dry needling should be restricted to suitably qualified practitioners.
Keyword Acupuncture
Dry needling
Myofascial acupuncture
Trigger point acupuncture
Education standards
Serious risk
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Institutional Status UQ

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