Acupuncture and dry needling

Acupuncture and dry needling


Being a member of the Acupuncture and Dry Needling group will ensure you stay up-to-date with an area that continues to evolve.

Members of the group receive regular emails, which include research articles, literature reviews, reflections on professional development and updates on committee activities around the country.

You’re also entitled to discounts on professional development courses related to acupuncture or dry needling.


About the group

Since the conception of the Acupuncture and Dry Needling group, the evidence base for this practice across various areas of physiotherapy has increased substantially. Conditions include:

  • acute and chronic back pain
  • chronic neck pain
  • tension type and migraine headaches
  • pelvic girdle pain
  • knee osteoarthritis
  • lateral elbow pain
  • shoulder conditions.

Committee members have contributed much of this new evidence to the profession as a whole.

As acupuncture and dry needling has grown in use and significance among physiotherapists, many APA members who practice in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy, or have an interest in pain, have joined the group.

Group members work in hospital settings, private practices and in pain management. Members may treat within a Western scientific framework, an Eastern traditional medicine framework or a combination of the two.

As a member, you can help to shape the future of acupuncture and dry needling in physiotherapy by participating in committees or voicing your feedback to a local or national committee member.

Every two years, the APA conference scientific committee works to produce a high-quality program for each area of physiotherapy, including acupuncture and dry needling, giving you another opportunity to influence this area of the profession.

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