Acupuncture by Another Name: Dry Needling in Australia

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dc.contributor.author Janz, Stephen en_US
dc.contributor.author Adams, Jon en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-19T04:28:09Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-19T04:28:09Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier 2010006226 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Janz Stephen and Adams Jon 2011, 'Acupuncture by Another Name: Dry Needling in Australia', Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 3-11. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1833-9735 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/17665
dc.description.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 1 400 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. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association en_US
dc.title Acupuncture by Another Name: Dry Needling in Australia en_US
dc.parent Australian journal of acupuncture and Chinese medic en_US
dc.journal.volume 6 en_US
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation Queensland en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 3 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 11 en_US
dc.cauo.name FOH.Faculty of Health en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 110404 en_US
dc.personcode 0000071364 en_US
dc.personcode 112076 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Traditional Chinese Medicine and Treatments en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Acupuncture, dry needling, myofascial acupuncture, trigger point acupuncture, education standards, regulation, serious risk, physiotherapy, Australia en_US
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dc.staffid 112076 en_US


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