Acupuncture is a form of therapy that promotes the natural healing of the body. It involves the insertion of needles into specific points along the meridians of the body. Acupuncture is a safe and effective natural therapy that helps to reduce the need for pain medications with minimal or no side effects. Dry needling involves the insertion of needles into the muscle particularly into myofascial trigger points. This technique assists in reducing pain or dysfunction of a muscular origin. Qualified physiotherapists who practice acupuncture have completed formal training and received a qualification to use acupuncture in addition to their four year physiotherapy degree.