What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling courses are conducted over a weekend in SydneyMelbourneBrisbane and Townsville. You have the option of registering for the Level 1 & Level 2 Dry Needling Course Bundle, at a discount, or register for individual levels.

Dry Needling is the insertion of fine filiform needles into areas of dysfunction that can be found in muscle or fascia.  Dry needling was pioneered by Dr Janet Travell during the 1940’s using firstly Trigger Point injections or wet needling.  Following further research wet needles were replaced by small filiform needles, assuming the title of Dry Needling.

Dry Needling was initially applied to individual muscles and fascia, as the scope of its effectiveness was assessed.  Dry Needling has now evolved from being an adjunct to therapy to being considered a technique in its own right.

Dry Needling works on several layers of the body’s system.  However the easiest way to describe Dry Needling is to associate it with the body’s ability to heal itself.  It is used, among other things, to encourage a mini inflammatory response that results in vasodilation, or increased blood flow to an area.

Dry Needling can be used directly into knotted muscles or areas of tightness. These knots are known as myofascial trigger points.  When applying Dry Needling, the needle is inserted into the knotted area, or myofascial trigger point and. can be manipulated in various ways to achieve the desired outcome.

Techniques used in Dry Needling vary.  When Dry Needling, needles can be inserted and left in place.  Dry needling techniques can also be inserted and vigorously thrust, which is known as twitching, looking to actively release the muscle. Or they can be inserted, thrust and left in place.

Ms. Travell suggest that the active Myofascial Trigger Point should be used released before moving onto the next active trigger point.  Of course, the patient, your style of treatment, and the presenting condition will all determine how you treat a person with Dry Needling.

At the Precise Points Dry Needling Courses, you will learn multiple techniques. My experience over 18 years of treatment, has taught me that the most important thing to be considered when Dry Needling is the patient.  Some people are not receptive to vigorous needling, others would prefer a stronger Dry Needling treatment.

The practitioner has to determine which course of treatment will best suit that particular patient.   This can be established by following a course of diagnostic reasoning within your scope of practice, and then applying these results with the techniques that you will learn in the course.

Both these patients will react to the Dry Needling as per their constitution and will therefore have the same result in the end.  Of course certain conditions will require a specific Dry Needling technique and these will also be covered within the Precise Points Dry Needling Course.

At the Precise Points Dry Needling Course, students will be given the tools to determine how to treat a patient, and then be able to execute the treatment in a safe, effective and efficient way that will not be uncomfortable for either the patient or practitioner.


Dry Needling has no standardized form of teaching. Currently in Australia, a minimum of 16 hours attendance at a Dry Needling course is required by AHPRA for a practitioner to meet compliance for the purpose of practice within the clinical setting.


The limitation of Dry Needling in the purest form is that it focuses only on dysfunction in the muscle belly of an individual, thereby restricting its use only to issues that occur in the muscle and fascial tissue. It is therefore unable, in theory, to treat conditions that may be found in or around the joints, ligaments and other articulatory structures of the body. You will learn how to apply needles around these areas in the Precise Points Dry Needling Course.


Acupuncture is based on esoteric principles that are found in Chinese and Japanese medicine models, where the individual is diagnosed due to imbalances in energy systems found within the body, regardless of whether it is of a musculoskeletal or systemic origin.

The difference between the two models is that Dry Needling uses physiological and scientific principles to guide diagnosis and treatment protocol, where as Acupuncture uses esoteric principles to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal and systemic conditions to restore “energetic” balance in the body.


Needling does not have to be painful to have a response. Individual administration of the needling should be applied according to the individual client.

Dry Needling aims to activate the neural pathways in the body by creating a twitch response in the muscle belly. This can be administered aggressively causing damage to the tissue, and thus being perceived as painful.

However an equivalent response can be achieved without creating pain.

Each person and clinical situation is different and should be treated as such. While a practitioner may look for patterns, a breadth of techniques should be at a practitioner’s disposal when treating an individual.


The Precise Points Dry Needling Course has proudly been teaching GP’s, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Massage therapists for over 8 years.

Over 3600 participants have attended the L1 and L2 Dry Needling courses over the past 8 years.

Precise Points Dry Needling teaches Dry Needling in a safe and effective manner, using anatomy, neurology and orthopaedic testing to guide diagnosis.

Various techniques are demonstrated and will the provide the practitioner with the skills to treat all forms of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction in both the acute and chronic phase.

Attendees will become proficient in different styles of needling, giving them the flexibility to adapt to the most situations in the clinical setting.

Precise Points Dry Needling courses will teach an effective and efficient form of needling, allowing the practitioner to achieve better outcomes in shorter times than could ever be possible using just manual therapy techniques.