Myofascial Dry Needling is a label that has come to define a style of needling based around the theory of Travell and Simons. This theory uses western medical diagnostic criteria to locate hyperirritable areas bands of muscle within a taut band of muscle or associated fascia.


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 it’s 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.


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 manner form of needling, allowing the practitioner to achieve better outcomes in shorter times than could ever be possible using just manual therapy techniques.