Acupuncture is not part of the standard training for physiotherapists across Canada, but many therapists have trained in acupuncture and needling techniques to use them in addition to standard treatment.
Acupuncture is the application of thin, fine needles to traditional acupuncture points and tender points in the body. Dry needling is the use of acupuncture needles to provoke muscle twitches, causing muscle relaxation afterwards.
Both techniques are effective as the needles stimulate the nerves, muscles and joints in the treated area. Both techniques provide significant pain relief in time, which is a very helpful addition to standard physiotherapy treatment.
If you have never tried acupuncture, I encourage you to discuss your options with your physiotherapist to see if it is right for you.