10 things you should know about acupuncture

  1. Acupuncture is an ancient technique with an oriental heritage, but today it is practised all over the world.
  2. To practice acupuncture in Australia you must have a bachelor degree in acupuncture and you must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  3. Acupuncture differs from dry needling in many ways, however one primary difference is that after the needles are inserted, they are left in place for around 20-minutes. In dry needling, the needles are left in place for between 30-seconds and 2-minutes. Acupuncture needling is generally more gentle than dry needling techniques.
  4. The needles used for acupuncture are single use only and are very fine, not much thicker than a hair!
  5. Acupuncture can be used to aid in relieving pain and stiffness.
  6. Acupuncture can help treat many other conditions including headaches, digestive disorders and women’s health issues.
  7. Acupuncture and massage can be used together in a single session. Both techniques are part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practice.
  8. Other painful conditions that may benefit from acupuncture are tennis elbow, arthritis and sprains.
  9. Facial acupuncture may also reduce signs of ageing.
  10. Additionally, most people find acupuncture very relaxing!

If you think that acupuncture could benefit you or would like some further information, please feel free to book a Traditional Chinese Medicine consultation with our experienced practitioner, Lee Christison or contact Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre reception on:

Surgery or physical therapy?

Orthopaedic surgeon Victor van de Graaf speaks with Health Report host Dr Norman Swan about the choice between surgery and physical therapy for meniscal tears. Surprisingly, the health outcomes for both options are similar.

Photo by Alexander Redl on Unsplash

If you’ve ever had a serious knee problem, then this is well worth a listen (running time 6:47).

Health Report is a program on ABC Radio National. You can visit the episode website here: Surgery vs physical therapy for meniscal tears

You can download full audio for the episode on the ABC Radio National website here: Download audio (6:47)


If you would like to speak to Dr Jake Martin or one of our other practitioners about whether physical therapy (such as Osteopathy, Pilates or Remedial Massage) could help treat your knee injury, please feel free to ask a questioncontact us or email us at:

info@melbourneosteopathycentre.com.au