Dry Needling or Acupuncture – What’s the Difference?

Qualified and experienced therapist Andrew Broomfield offers treatment for musculoskeletal pain, injuries, illness, and mental health.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient therapy that developed as a major part of Chinese medicine. It involves the insertion of fine acupuncture needles into acupuncture points and other locations on the body according to the condition that is being treated.

Chinese medicine has a number of therapies grouped together collectively called the Five-fold Path to Health:

①Acupuncture and moxibustion
② Herbal medicine and food
③ Massage
④ Exercise
⑤ Heliotherapy (adequate amount of sunlight)

The moxibustion part of acupuncture is a method that uses heat usually in conjunction with acupuncture needles or just on its own for those which acupuncture is not appropriate.When we use the word acupuncture we are referring to three aspects of treatment:

Healing Touch

Acupuncturists are very skilled at using their hands to both diagnose and treat pain, illness, and musculoskeletal dysfunctions. We use our hands to stroke, press, massage, soften, and warm our patients in preparation for applying acupuncture and moxibustion therapy.


Fine needles are inserted in specific locations called acupuncture points. Acupuncturists are highly trained in inserting needles almost painlessly. Painless acupuncture is the most beneficial way of performing acupuncture therapy. The acupuncture points are selected according to the patient’s reason for seeking therapy.


The use of heat is an important part of a successful acupuncture treatment. We use a herb called mugwort, called moxa by acupuncturists, that is used to heat specific areas by lighting it and allowing it to smolder in a controlled manner. Its healing warmth can be used to heat acupuncture needles, or just the skin alone. It’s a beautifully relaxing process.

At Colac Otway Chinese Medicine we offer treatment plans for illness, pain, and stress. Treatments may include physical therapies such as acupuncture, massage, and rehabilitation exercises.

21st century knowledge combines with age-old traditional healing methods, providing safe and effective therapies at affordable prices.

Andrew Broomfield
Bachelor Health Science Chinese Medicine Acupuncture

Here in Australia, all Chinese Medicine practitioners must hold university degrees in health science and be registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. The registration board ensures that all practitioners are properly qualified, experienced health care professionals.

You can visit The Chinese Medicine Board of Australia’s website  to find registered practitioners in any area of Australia. Andrew’s registration number is CMR0001739226 in the acupuncture division.
Bookings : 0438 816 170