Medical acupuncture which may include dry needling often gets criticised by other healthcare practitioners as being too ‘passive’. The concern seems to be that you as clients will develop a reliance when the emphasis should be on self management, exercise, movement and lifestyle modification etc.
I fully understand the concern and the importance promoting active involvement on the part of the client. We as physiotherapists know that some of the best evidence for the long term management of pain is with exercise. Lifestyle adjustments as well as an understanding of how thoughts, attitudes and beliefs towards pain is now better understood and should also be addressed by your physiotherapist if needed.
My view if that medical acupuncture is most effective when combined with exercise and lifestyle adjustments and this is how I practice. No session with me would be complete without getting you moving afterwards. My aim is to facilitate movement and function which is free and easy, comfortable and relaxed, I want you to trust your body and let it work for you without fear and concern. The type of movement and exercises I will recommend will be tailored to your needs and based on what I find on assessment.